Samuel F.B. Morse

(1791 - 1872)

Samuel F.B. Morse worked as a portrait painter before inventing the telegraph and developing Morse code. He campaigned against the immoderate nature of contemporary theater, unsuccessfully ran for mayor in New York City on an anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic platform, and helped found Vassar College. His friends included the Marquis de Lafayette and the novelist James Fenimore Cooper, whose portraits he painted.

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