Today is the birthday of Samuel Morse, the inventor of landline telegraphy and more notably the morse code, the use of code of dots and dashes to represent letters of the alphabet.
Samuel Morse was born in Massachusetts, April 27 1791 and died April 2 1872 in New York. In his earlier years he supported himself as a professional artist.
Telegraphy was mostly urban initially but lines later followed the railroad because of the ease of obtaining "right of way"; his morse code survived into the wireless era following the invention of radio. For a long time it had superiority over voice transmission especially at a distance and during times of poor reception due to extreme weather
Morse is probably better known now for his portrait painting which he may very well have considered as a job rather than an artistic pursuit.