The 19th Century was a period of great advancements in technology, science, culture, and human rights. This age of advancements, known to all as the Industrial Revolution, introduced the world to a flurry of innovations and improvements. Many of these improvements, or contributions were essential to American history. Of the men who made these contributions, three made the greatest, Samuel Morse, Cyrus McCormick, and Benjamin Silliman
Born on April 27, 1791, Samuel Finley Breese Morse is most widely known as the inventor of the telegraph and founder of Morse code. Inspired, and grieved by the late news of his wife’s death, Samuel Morse founded the basis for telecommunications around the world. His telegraph would eventually evolve into cellular communications, radios, telephones, and even the internet. These are all essential forms of communications that keep planes in the air, ensure important messages are sent and received as fast as possible, and keep personal savings and secrets safe. Also, his Morse code would become the primary telegraphic language of the world, and is still the standard for rhythmic data transmissions today. Without Morse, there would be no telephones, no radios, no internet to research from, and no fast method of communication, America would be helpless.
Cyrus Hall McCormick was born on February 15, 1809. As the eldest of the eight sons of Robert McCormick, he picked up his father’s work, and was credited as the inventor of the mechanical reaper. As a child, Cyrus watched his father’s countless attempts and failures to create such a reaper, and building on his father’s past trials, eventually managed to improve the reaper to efficient and commercial use by 1845. After finally successfully selling the reaper, he continued to make improvements, and became the one of the leaders of the agricultural industry. His contributions greatly increased the production of wheat and grain, which was and still is America’s staple crop. Without Cyrus’s inputs America would not be able to feed and sustain the millions that would flood America’s shores.
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