Samuel Morse

1791 - 1872

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Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American inventor and painter. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Morse has received more than 2,601,750 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Samuel Morse is the 13th most popular inventor, the 91st most popular biography from United States (down from 84th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Inventor.

Samuel Morse is most famous for inventing the telegraph.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.6M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 76.24

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 91

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 13.21

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.00

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Samuel Morses by language

Over the past year Samuel Morse has had the most page views in the with 245,488 views, followed by Spanish (57,969), and Russian (40,376). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Uyghur (380.39%), Zazaki (255.33%), and Uzbek (221.05%)


Among inventors, Samuel Morse ranks 13 out of 426Before him are Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Benz, Henry Ford, Guglielmo Marconi, Charles Babbage, and Louis Braille. After him are Cai Lun, Nikolaus Otto, Louis Daguerre, George Stephenson, Rudolf Diesel, and Nicéphore Niépce.

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Among people born in 1791, Samuel Morse ranks 4Before him are Michael Faraday, Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, and Charles Babbage. After him are Théodore Géricault, Carl Czerny, James Buchanan, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Francesco Hayez, and Johann Franz Encke. Among people deceased in 1872, Samuel Morse ranks 2Before him is Ludwig Feuerbach. After him are Giuseppe Mazzini, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Charles XV of Sweden, Théophile Gautier, Benito Juárez, Franz Grillparzer, N. F. S. Grundtvig, William Webb Ellis, Stanisław Moniuszko, and William John Macquorn Rankine.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samuel Morse ranks 91 out of 20,380Before him are Martin Luther King Jr. (1929), Caitlyn Jenner (1949), Charles Manson (1934), Grace Hopper (1906), Tina Turner (1939), and Louis Armstrong (1901). After him are Woodrow Wilson (1856), Jeff Bezos (1964), Vince McMahon (1945), Gerald Ford (1913), John Jay (1745), and Harrison Ford (1942).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Samuel Morse ranks 3Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), and Henry Ford (1863). After him are Samuel Colt (1814), Steve Wozniak (1950), Eli Whitney (1765), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Ruth Handler (1916), Jimmy Wales (1966), Willis Carrier (1876), and Herman Hollerith (1860).