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Mrs. David C. De Forest
Before inventing Morse code, Morse painted portraits like this one of Mrs. David C. De Forest

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Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message
May 24, 1844

Morse was also well respected for his paintings of people, like the self-portrait on the previous screen and this one of Mrs. David C. De Forest. He painted his subjects with honesty and insight. It was while returning from Europe to take his position as an arts professor at New York University that Morse came up with the idea of a communications system using the electro-magnet and a series of relays through a network of telegraph stations. In order to transmit messages in this system, he invented Morse Code, an alphabet of electronic dots and dashes. The system made communication across the country faster than ever before.
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