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Elisha grey was born in Barnesville Ohio in 1835 He could manage to build a working model of Morses Telegraph before he turned 10 When he went to college he was intrigued by electricity and his teacher told him to continue his interest in electricity and telegraphs He gained most of his smarts from his hands He quoted While studying natural philosophy it was my custom to make and carry with me into the class such apparatus as could be readily constructed and would serve to illustrate the lesson My habit of actually constructing everything which I saw or read of so far as my facilities would allow was the best possible method of fixing the principles of its operation firmly in my mind In 1867 Grey got his first patent for an improved telegraph relay which made itself to the varying insulation of the telegraph line During the rest of his life he was given patents on about 70 other inventions Once Grey had submitted a patent application for a multiple harmonic telegraph on February 23 1875 and then two days later Bell submitted one for his Bell filed a patent and Grey filed a caveat Gray later referred to his musical telegraph devices as telephones Unlike Bell Gray did not document his sources therefore it is hard to be sure where his background knowledge came from This model of Bells first telephone right is a duplicate of the instrument through which speech sounds were first transmitted electrically 1875 While Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson worked on the harmonic telegraph at the insistent urging of Hubbard and other backers Bell went and met Joseph Henry the respected director of the Smithsonian Institution who listened to Bells ideas for a telephone and offered encouraging words On June 2 1875 Alexander Graham Bell while experimenting with his technique called harmonic telegraph discovered he could hear sound over a wire The sound was that of a
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