1800 __ First telegraph patent in the U.S.
‣ Comment : Jonathan Grout Jr., of Belchertown, Mass., takes out, October 24, the first telegraph patent in the United States. It was for a contrivance which he operated between Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, about ninety miles’ ditance, from hilltop to hilltop, and which was sighted by telescopes. (Paul Fleury Mottelay) — It is pretty certain, however, that the Telegraph, invented by Jonathan Grout of Massachusetts, in 1799, and now in operation between Boston and Martha's Vineyard, is upon a plan entirely different from, and far superior to, any ever used in Europe. With this Mr. Grout has asked a question, and received an answer from a distance of 90 miles, in ten minutes. (In "Historical Grammar or a Chronological Abridgment of Universal History", Translated by Lucy Peacock, from the 7th edition of the French of [Maturin Veyssière] La Croze, Boston : Caled Bingham, 1802, p. 207)
‣ Source : Fleury Mottelay, Paul (1922), “Bibliographical History of Electricity and Magnetism, Chronologically Arranged”, Read Books (2008), p. 337.
‣ Source : Reid, J.D. (1887), “Telegraph in America”, p. 5.
No comment for this page