Samuel Morse

Quick Facts

Full NameSamuel Finley Breese Morse
Birth DateApril 27, 1791
Birth PlaceCharlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Death DateApril 2, 1872
Age at Death80
Death PlaceNew York City, U.S.
EducationYale College
Occupation(s)Painter, Inventor
Known ForInvention and transmission of Morse code
SpousesLucretia Pickering Walker, Sarah Elizabeth Griswold
ParentsJedidiah Morse (father), Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese (mother)
RelativesSidney Edwards Morse (brother)
Notable AchievementsCo-developer of the single-wire telegraph system, development of Morse code
Early EducationPhillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
College HonorsPhi Beta Kappa from Yale College
First MarriageLucretia Pickering Walker, married in 1818
First Wife’s DeathFebruary 7, 1825
Children from First MarriageSusan (b. 1819), Charles (b. 1823), James (b. 1825)
Second MarriageSarah Elizabeth Griswold, married in 1848
Children from Second MarriageSamuel (b. 1849), Cornelia (b. 1851), William (b. 1853), Edward (b. 1857)

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