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Samuel Finley Breese Morse

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Inventor of the Electric Telegraph

In a short time he had worked out on paper the whole scheme of transmitting thought over long distances by means of electricity. And now began twelve toilsome years of struggle to devise machinery for his invention. To provide for his three motherless children, Morse had to devote to painting much time that he otherwise would have spent in perfecting the mechanical appliances for his telegraph. His progress therefore was slow and painful, but he persistently continued in the midst of discouraging conditions.

Project Gutenberg's American Leaders and Heroes, by Wilbur Fisk Gordy Published 1907
America, Inventor