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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 2,343,033 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Samuel Morse is the 13th most popular inventor (up from 15th in 2019), the 84th most popular biography from United States (up from 97th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Inventor.

Samuel Morse is most famous for inventing the telegraph.

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Among inventors, Samuel Morse ranks 13 out of 354Before him are Henry Ford, Elon Musk, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage. After him are Rudolf Diesel, Nikolaus Otto, George Stephenson, Cai Lun, Louis Daguerre, 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, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, James Buchanan, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, Francesco Hayez, and Eugène Scribe. 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, Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Franz Grillparzer, Kawakami Gensai, N. F. S. Grundtvig, and William Webb Ellis.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samuel Morse ranks 84 out of 18,182Before him are Woodrow Wilson (1856), Robin Williams (1951), Bill Clinton (1946), Woody Allen (1935), Bob Dylan (1941), and Jack Nicholson (1937). After him are Jeff Bezos (1964), Jimi Hendrix (1942), Tina Turner (1939), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929), Charles Bronson (1921), and Frank Sinatra (1915).

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), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Herman Hollerith (1860), Charles Goodyear (1800), William G. Morgan (1870), Willis Carrier (1876), and Isaac Singer (1811).