Samuel Finley Breese Morse


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Sarah Elizabeth Griswold

Samuel Finley Breese Morse

  • Born: 27 Apr 1791, Charlestown, Mass
  • Marriage: Sarah Elizabeth Griswold
  • Died: 2 Apr 1872, New York City, NY at age 80

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Inventor and Artist Samuel Finley Breeze Morse was born in Charlestown, Mass. on 27th April 1791. He was not a scientist - he was a professional artist. Educated at Phillip's Academy at Andover, he graduated from Yale in 1810 and he lived in England from 1811 to 1815, exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1813. He spent the next ten years as an itinerant artist with a particular interest in portraiture. He returned to America in 1832 having been appointed Professor of Painting and Sculpture at the University of the City of New York. It was on this homeward voyage that he overheard a shipboard discussion on electromagnets. This was the seed out of which the electric telegraph grew. Morse is remembered for his Code, still used, and less for the invention that enabled it to be used, probably since landline telegraphy eventually gave way to wireless telegraphy.

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Occupation: Artist / Professor.


Samuel married Sarah Elizabeth Griswold, daughter of Capt. Samuel Birdsall Griswold and Catherine Walker Breese. (Sarah Elizabeth Griswold was born on 10 Aug 1823 in Utica, Oneida, NY and died in 1901.)

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