Samuel F. B. Morse

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Self-portrait of Morse in 1812 (National Portrait Gallery)
Plaque on the Old Post Office Bldg, 7th St. between F and G NW, Washington D.C.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American inventor, and painter of portraits and historic scenes.


  • What hath God wrought?
    • Quoted in John F. Stover, History of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1987, Purdue University Press), ISBN 0-911198-81-4, pp. 59–60
    • Message sent by Morse to officially open the first telegraph line, from Baltimore to Washington, on May 24, 1844

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