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The story of the Morse Code - a heartbreaking, yet passionate one

How an invention inspired and changed the way we would communicate across the world.

Following receipt of a letter from his father that his lovely wife Lucretia had suffered a heart attack while giving birth to their third child, Samuel Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) rushed back to his family from Washington DC. By the time he got back to New Haven, Lucretia was already buried.


Years later, Morse had some ideas about electromagnetism - how it could travel through wires, and send information faster than anyone had previously imagined. On May 24, 1844, Morse, at 53 having secured $30,000 from Congress, strung a wire from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, used his code to tap out the world’s first telegraph message.


Morse's grief and courage lead to an important patented technology that sparked the age of the telephone, the internet, and eventually the smartphone. His invention that shrank distances and shortened time, likely would have made it possible for him to say goodbye to his dying wife.


Behind every invention, there is a story of courage and passion. At Fallingst Technologies, we are committed to the work of enabling inventors to bring their dreams to life. If you are an owner of IP, then you are likely looking to cleverly position and maneuver your innovation and technology particularly through uncertain times. Let us help you put the right pieces together to make sure you maximize the monetary value of your IP and help you bring your dreams to life.


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