What is a telegram?

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A telegram is a message sent by telegraph, a now outdated mode of communication. Before electrical signals, flags provided a way of transmission of messages. The electromagnet telegraph machine allowed messages to travel over great distances.

Samuel Morse is credited with invention of the first practical telegraph system and the Morse Code. Congress appropriated $30,000 for construction of an experimental line from Washington D.C. to Baltimore in 1843, and it was completed in 1844. Telegraph systems were eventually critical in the dispatching of trains across the United States. The invention of the telephone in 1877 led to the eventual demise of the telegraph system.

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tel·e·gram
[tel-i-gram]
NOUN
1.
a message or communication sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch.
VERB (USED WITH OBJECT), VERB (USED WITHOUT OBJECT) [TEL·E·GRAMMED, TEL·E·GRAM·MING.]
2.
to telegraph.
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