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Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.

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This series is written by Henry Cooke and produced by Garrett D. Tiedemann.

Original music and sound design by Garrett D. Tiedemann.

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On May the 24th, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first long distance telegraph message across America from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore.

He sent…

from the Bible’s book of numbers.

Frames the telegraph as a gift from a higher power.

From God to Morse to the rest of us.

Morse is merely channeling God’s wi…