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On this day in 1844, telegraph inventor Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message from the Capital building in Washington D.C. to Baltimore MD

May 24

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On this day in 1844, telegraph inventor Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, MD. 🏛️➡️➡️➡️➡️🏘️ Though now obsolete, the telegraph made a lasting impact on nationwide (and eventually worldwide) communications and was indispensable for war correspondence during the Civil War. ⁠
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Did you know? The first telegram, “What hath God wrought?” was taken from the Bible and suggested by Morse’s young family friend, Annie Ellsworth. Morse code, invented for use with the telegraph, is still used today, primarily by amateur radio operators. Can you read this message?: “….|..|…|-|—|.-.|-.–|–|.-|-|-|.|.-.|… !” If so, comment on the answer below!⁠
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“The first telegram. Professor Samuel Morse sent the despatch as dictated by Miss Annie Ellsworth”, The Story of the Nineteenth Century of the Christian Era, 1900⁠
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