Samuel Morse – Artist and an Inventor

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Early LifeSamuel Morse: a man, an artist, and an inventor. He knew as a childhood love, he was anartist. But the thing he did not know was that out of his love of art and curiosity would comean invention. His invention, now obsolete, was a great weapon of war and means ofcommunication for everyone. Born April 27, 1791, in Charleston, Mass. Morse was theoldest son of Rev. Jedidiah Morse and Elizabeth Ann Breese. From early on in hischildhood he had a talent in his art. At the age of eight Morse was taken to PhillipsAcademy, where his father was a trustee. He was taken to Phillips Academy, where hisfather was a trustee. He was unhappy under their rule, and twice as homesick, so he fledback to Charleston. He entered Yale at 1805, was called home, and did not graduate till1810. His classmates at Yale admired his art, and he was unknown for his miniatures inivory. After his graduation all he wanted to do was study art. His father opposed the idea.

That was the start of all his work.

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Hard work had its rewards. His first achievement was of his first love…. Art! Morsemodeled a figure of Hercules in clay. A professor liked it so much, he told Morse to enter itin a competition. He won the gold medal. Morse submitted another painting, and it wasamong the top nine out of the thousands in the exhibit. He returned to Boston hoping to sellhis art. He went through many years before he came the well-known portrait painter.

Socially Morse was successful, but people visited his studio to see his art, but not buy it.

As a young artist in London, he disdained portrait painting. Portraits are all Americanswould buy. Morse wanted to do more then paint portraits. He wanted to do historicalpictures. There his love for art deflated.

Morse became interested in telegraph in 1832. There was lots of work to do. The workwasn’t easy, and he did know how long it would be till Congress accepted. Morse had nomoney so he couldn’t buy insulated wire. After five years of work, he was ready todemonstrate the telegraph. He hoped the men who saw it would like it and invest. Thosewho did see it found it amusing but did not invest. Watching the demonstration was auniversity student Alfred Vail. His father and brother had an iron and brass work. Vailpromised to build a sturdier model of the telegraph, so Morse made him a partner. In 1838,Morse took the new telegraph to Washington to get money from the Congress to test it.

They refused. In 1842 he prepared a dramatic presentation. Using tar, pitch, and rubber, hewaterproofed two miles of wire. He strung the rope underwater. In front of crowds, a shipcaught the line and cut it. In 1843 he made one more attempt to interest Congress. Theypassed a 30,000 bill to test it. On May 24, 1844 Morse tapped out his famous message,”What hath God wrought.” Within twelve years Morse and his telegraph were knownthroughout the United States and Europe. Telegraph companies gave banquets to Morse.

Morse won wealth and fame. A group of European countries gave him a cash reward of400,000 francs. Morse was an honorary member of society. At that time he made an effortto paint but saw the skill was left. Telegraph operators of America gave him the honor ofunveiling a statue of him. His health was now failing. The statue was unveiled on June 10,1871; he died the next year.

Morse: the inventor whose death was commemorated. Though his invention is nowobsolete, he remains the greatest figure in the history of telegraph. Recognizing him as anartist has come slowly. He was the long time forgotten painter. In the minds of people of histime, he was a great speaker, a quack maybe. He spoke of his dream and made it happen.

Morse was a long motivated man. Never stopping, never giving up. Only improving hisdevice, till he got personal and world satisfaction. A man many people should look to, tosee why you should never give up. That is why he is still in the minds of Congress today.

He is forgotten role model of people. He never did or could get enough recognition. Justimproving the world a little more. Samuel Morse: a man, an artist, an inventor, and aquack; also a man of dreams. He is “The Forgotten Painter.”

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