Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Milwaukee's First Telegraph Line

Invention of the Telegraph

Telegraph History

A Brief History of the Morse Code

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"The Story of Communications" by Anita Ganeri

"Communications: Sending the Message" by Thomas Streissgath

"The telegraph: a history of Morse's invention" by Lewis Coe



Interesting Fact:

The daily newspapers received by telegraph reports from all over the country, allowing the news for readers to be more immediate.

Study Questions:

  • How did the telegraph work?
  • Before the telegram, how did people communicate?
  • Can you still receive telegrams today?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 15:

    1870: In a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly, the Democratic party is represented as a donkey.
    1929: Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta.

  • January 15

    January 15, 1848: The first telegram reached Milwaukee via the new Erie and Michigan Telegraph Company, which linked Milwaukee with Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.

    January 17, 1848 Milwaukee Sentinel and Gazette

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