The telegraph system of the United States



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Introduction: No invention perhaps has exerted greater influence in the shaping of our modern civilization, than the electric telegraph. It has bound the world together, into one whole making possible the daily press and carrying on the methods of modern business. It is like the nervous system of the animal body; messages are sent back and forth between the most remote part of the body with the lightning rapidity. At our present time man in our great industrial and commercial centers is enabled to feel the world’s pulse throb daily, which makes it possible to determine the best course for him to pursue in a business sense. The telegraph is a medium through which intelligence is transmitted by electricity. The telegraph has become thoroughly engrafted into our modern civilization that is has become an indispensable factor in the world’s welfare. This great invention belongs to the United States and is of recent origin. On May 24 marks the 53rd anniversary of the first message “What hath God wrought” sent over the first line constructed for commercial purposes. The honor of this great invention is bestowed upon Pro. Samuel F.B. Morse; he came from educated parents by whose counsel he was carefully guided. In 1810 when he had reached the age 19 he graduated at Yale College. His chosen profession was that of a painter, in which line of work, he has gained some renown.


Citation: Doll, George. The telegraph system of the United States. Senior thesis, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1897.
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Telegraph, United States, Morse, History