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Before striking it rich with his famous invention, which man made his living as a portrait artist?
Samuel Morse is remembered for having invented Morse code and the single-wire telegraph system. But before he became known for the code that bears his name, Morse was an accomplished artist. He received commissions to paint portraits of former Presidents John Adams and James Monroe, and a series of works depicting the inner workings of the U.S. government to hang in the halls of Congress. With no scientific or mechanical training, Morse stopped painting at the age of 46, and devoted the rest of his life to perfecting the electromagnetic telegraph, sending the first telegraph message on May 24, 1844.
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