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Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American inventor. He contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs, was a co-inventor of the Morse code, and also an accomplished painter. Morse additionally supported the institution of slavery as well as anti-Catholic and anti-immigration efforts within the United States.

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Samuel Morse -- Morse is best known the inventor of the telegraph and Morse code, but he also was a pioneering photographer. France’s Louis Daguerre taught Morse his new invention, photography, and Morse sent the first word of Daguerre’s historic breakthrough back to America, then pioneered American photography after he returned to New York City. Here he is is photographed with an early camera.

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In 1832, an American artist sailed home from Europe. He had spent some time painting in Europe and hoped to sell his pictures when he arrived home. His name was Samuel Morse. The journey on the ship was to change Samuel Morse’s life.

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