On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse, co-inventor of
Morse code, sent the first telegram in the United
States. The message read, “What hath God
wrought,” and traveled the 40 miles between the
Old Supreme Court Chamber in Washington, D.C.,
and the Mount Clare station in Baltimore, in a split
second. While simple, Morse’s four-word message
was a momentous act that ushered in a new era of
And almost immediately people began to experiment
with the new technology.
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