Bob Gleason’s Samuel Morse teaches us to never give up. Beginning as an artist interested in epic art that captured mythological subjects, Morse found that Americans were not willing to buy these large paintings that were expensive and weren’t portraits of themselves. Returning by boat from Europe, Morse heard discussions about messages being sent long distances over wire. Having become the best portrait painter of his era, Morse stopped painting, neglected his family and everything else, spending all his time and money inventing the telegraph and protecting his patents.
Samuel Morse may have been a successful inventor, but he failed as a human being. Cranky, pro-slavery, Morse hoped the telegraph would prevent a Civil War that the South might lose. Ironically, Morse’s telegraph helped the Union win the war by communicating and coordinating troop movements. We learn from Gleason’s Morse that not all famous people were nice or even admirable, but they may have done things that made other things possible. Morse was certainly useful, but you might not want to have him in your kitchen!
Invite Samuel Morse to your event: • Educational Programs: Program with Press Conference for schools, museums, libraries and historical sites • Parties: Mix & Mingle, Entertaining Toasts, Relevant Quotes, Photo Ops for corporate, association and private social events • Pair with Benjamin Franklin (fellow inventor), Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Edison • Bob Gleason: Bio of Actor/Historian