Samuel F. B. Morse
(27 Apr 1791 - 2 Apr 1872)
American artist and inventor who is famous for developing the Morse Code (1838) and independently perfecting an electric telegraph (1832-35). He spent the first part of his life as a portrait artist, and did not turn to science until 1832.
“What hath God wrought”
written in the dots and dashes of Morse Code
— Samuel F. B. Morse
Message transmitted to inaugurate the first U.S. telegraph line on 24 May 1844. The biblical text, from Numbers, 23:23, was selected by Annie Ellsworth, daughter of the Commissioner of Patents.