"On This Date in History" Calendar
1807: Alfred Vail, Telegraph Co-Inventor Born
25 September 1807: Alfred Vail, co-inventor of the telegraph was born.
Vail was central, with Samuel F. B. Morse, in developing and commercializing the telegraph between 1837 and 1844. Vail and Morse were the first two telegraph operators on Morse's first experimental line between Washington, DC, and Baltimore, and Vail took charge of building and managing several early telegraph lines between 1845 and 1848. He was also responsible for several technical innovations of Morse's system, particularly the sending key and improved recording registers and relay magnets. (wikipedia)