Samuel F. B. Morse

Samuel F. B. MorseSamuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) is justly famous for the invention of the telegraph, one of the most important milestones in human history. The first message sent (1844) over the wire:

What God hath wrought!

(Numbers 23:23) was indicative of Morse’ whole life and purpose, desiring to honor the Lord in all things.

Morse was another great man who had been profoundly influenced by Timothy Dwight at Yale College, where he graduated in 1810, In addition to his inventive genius, Morse was an outstanding artist, serving for 20 years as the founder and first president of the National Academy of Design., In 1831 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture and Painting at New York University, the first chair of fine arts in America. He also built the first camera in America and made the world’s first photographic portrait. Today he is ranked among the greatest portrait artists of \all time.

Just four years before he died, Morse wrote:

The nearer I approach to the end of my pilgrimage, the clearer is the evidence of the divine origin of the Bible, the grandeur and sublimity of God’s remedy for fallen man are more appreciated, and the future is illumined with hope and joy.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.


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