Invented the telegraph, which was one of the many important inventions in the Industrial Revolution. He was a distinguished but poor painter. Received $30,000 from Congress to support his experiment. First message sent from Washington to Baltimore in 1844, the phrase was "What hath God wrought?" This allowed people far apart to be in almost instant communication with each other. Revolutionized news gathering, diplomacy, and finance; wires spanned the continent before the civil war. It made Morse rich and famous.