Samuel Morse sends first telegraph message from the US Capitol

Title

Samuel Morse sends first telegraph message from the US Capitol

Description

On May 24, 1844 after receiving $30,000 in appropriations from Congress, inventor Samuel Morse sent the first official telegraph message from Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland. In a series of dots and dashes, later known as Morse code, Morse transmitted the message "What Hath God Wrought" from the Supreme Court Chamber, then located inside the Capitol. Before the telegraph, information transmission was limited to the speed of horse travel, but could now be transmitted wide distances almost instantly. The telegraph office existed inside the Capitol until 2007.

Source

Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. View original.

Date

05/24/1844

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18440524

Description

On May 24, 1844 after receiving $30,000 in appropriations from Congress, inventor Samuel Morse sent the first official telegraph message from Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland. In a series of dots and dashes, later known as Morse code, Morse transmitted the message "What Hath God Wrought" from the Supreme Court Chamber, then located inside the Capitol. Before the telegraph, information transmission was limited to the speed of horse travel, but could now be transmitted wide distances almost instantly. The telegraph office existed inside the Capitol until 2007.

Date

05/24/1844

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. View original.