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Alfred Vail
Birth: Sep. 25, 1807
Morristown
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 1859
Morristown
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

Inventor. He invented Morse Code, a system of representing letters, numbers and punctuation marks by means of a code signal sent intermittently, while he was helping Samuel Morse on his invention of the telegraph. Morse's original code consisted of sending dots and dashes that represented numbers. Each number represented a word. This required looking up the number in a book to find the word. The system had problems printing out the messages clearly, so Alfred Vail came up with an improved machine and code. Unfortunately for him, Morse submitted the patent and received the credit for the new code. (bio by: Rich H.) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Stephen Vail (1780 - 1864)
  Bethia Youngs Vail (1778 - 1847)
 
 Spouse:
  Jane Elizabeth Cummings Vail (1817 - 1852)*
 
 Children:
  James Cummings Vail (1843 - 1918)*
  George Rochester Vail (1852 - 1931)*
 
 Siblings:
  Davis Youngs Vail (____ - 1808)*
  Davis Youngs Vail (____ - 1805)*
  Alfred Vail (1807 - 1859)
  George Vail (1809 - 1875)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard
Morristown
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Rich H.
Record added: Sep 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6794071
Alfred Vail
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Alfred Vail
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Alfred Vail
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Strange coincidence - my grandfather Frank Vail was a telegraph operator. Great invention for its time.
- Shirley Vail
 Added: Jul. 19, 2016

- Pamela Howlett
 Added: May. 28, 2016

- David Wend
 Added: Sep. 25, 2015
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