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 instantaneous communication. And almost immediately people began to experiment with the new technology.

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