WHY did Morse leave painting and begin developing the telegraph?

Samuel Morse was a painter until he was 34 and had no interest in technology. In 1825 a messenger delivered a letter from his father telling him that his wife was dying. Morse immediately left Washington and went to New Haven, where his family lived, but by the time he arrived his wife had already been buried.

This incident caused Morse to leave painting and delve into the study of ways to deliver messages quickly over long distances, leading to the development of Morse code and the electric telegraph in 1838.

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