Before phones, computers, and telegraphs were invented, messages would take months or even years to reach their destination. Samuel Morse was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in April 1791, not knowing that he would be a famous ___INVENTOR___.
Since the age of four, Morse had been interested in ___DRAWING___ and he wanted to become a painter. Mr. and Mrs. Morse were afraid that he couldn’t make a living as a painter, so they made him a bookseller. He worked as a bookseller but at night he would paint. ___FINALLY___, his parents realized how he loved art, so they found the money for Morse to study art in London.
After a ___SUCCESSFUL___ artistic career (first painting historical scenes and then portraits), Morse built the first American telegraph around 1835. Morse patented a working telegraph machine in 1837, with help from his ___BUSINESS___ partners, Leonard Gale and Alfred Vail. Morse used a dots-and-spaces code for the letters of the alphabet and for numbers. It was later improved to use dashes with dots and spaces. Since then, it has proved its ___EFFECTIVNESS___ many times.