The Tragic Story Of Samuel Morse’s Wife – And How Her Death Led To His Revolutionary Invention

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Image: Amos Doolittle

Morse took courses in math, religious philosophy and, somewhat bizarrely to modern eyes, horse science. But he also attended lectures on electricity, a subject that would be of increasing importance to him in later years. He graduated from Yale in 1810.

Image: James Brown Marston

Morse had persevered with early artistic promise, but his father was keen that he should have a more conventional career. He arranged an apprenticeship for his son after Yale at a bookseller and publisher in Boston. But this seems not to have suited the young Morse, and his father eventually agreed to support his artistic aspirations.

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Image: Washington Allston

An established American artist, Washington Allston, invited Morse to travel to England with him in 1811. The 20-year-old Morse was to spend three years in Britain studying and refining his art. Accompanied by Allston, Morse embarked on the Libya in July 1811, bound for England.

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