AMERICAN LEONARDO: Samuel F.B. Morse by Carlston F. Mabee

AMERICAN LEONARDO: Samuel F.B. Morse

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A blend of Morsiana and studious appraisal of Moree's contribution to the American scene, in a biography that emphasizes more than the fame in telegraphy in this versatile genius, --artist, inventor, business man and politician. Of aristocratic lineage and stimulating background, he made small mark at Andover and Yale, but persevered in lines that interested him, received some recognition abroad and at home, but put in years of struggle to receive recognition for the now universal Morse code. His was a life of controversy (patent lawyers, anti-Catholic, anti-abolition activities, etc.), struggle, misfortune and ultimate achievement, He played an important part in the Atlantic cable fiasco and ultimate success; he had a share in Matthew Vassar's founding of Vassar College. Capable presentation of a rugged American.

Publisher: Knopf