Alfred Vail

Alfred Vail

Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 18 Jan 1859 (aged 51)
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 6794071 · View Source
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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.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Vail (25 Sep 1807–18 Jan 1859), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6794071, citing Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .