Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram
Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code/May 24, 1844/LOC
VAV!/July 19, 2014
On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraphic message over an experimental line from the chamber of the Supreme Court, then in the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., to his assistant Albert Vail at the Mount Clair depot in Baltimore. Morse allowed Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend, to choose the words of the message, and she selected a verse from Numbers XXIII, 23: "What hath God wrought?"