Who Was Elisha Gray?

Inventor Elisha Gray was born August 3, 1835. Although his patent for the telephone never cleared and Alexander Graham Bell holds fame as the inventor, neither were first to invent the contraption. In 2002, the U.S. Congress credited the invention of the telephone to Antonio Meucci who could not afford the $250 patent fee in 1860—and who shared a lab with Bell.

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