Before he became known for the code that bears his name, Samuel Morse was a portrait painter. Soon after setting up an art studio in Boston in 1815, Morse married Lucretia Walker. All was good and well until 1825, when tragedy after tragedy plowed its way into Morse's life. Lucretia died in 1825 after giving birth to the couple's third child. She fell seriously ill while Morse was away working on a painting commission, and got word of her condition too late (giddy-up, you darn horse messengers!). By the time he made it back home to be with her, she had already been buried. On top of that, the next year, his father died. Three years after that, his mother died. Can't a dude catch a break?!
The phrase "What hath God wrought?" may not mean much to you, but it's a line that changed the course of history. This was the first message ever transmitted over telegraph wires. Samuel Morse, the developer, created this technology out of his own grief. This story is dark, but it has a happy ending—for the rest of the world, that is.