Alexander Graham Bell conceived of (invented) the telephone at
his summer home in Brantford, Ontario in the summer of 1876,
and then later physically created his first telephone in Boston,
Massachusetts (where, he said, it was 'born').
Alexader did on march 10th 1876
The first telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in
WHERE WAS THE TELEPHONE BUILT AT?
Alexander Graham Bell conceived of the telephone at his
summer home in Brantford, Ontario and physically created his first
phone in Boston, Massachusetts (where, he said, it was
'born'). This was a result of his research into improving the
telegraph system. Bell was experimenting into improving the
telegraph system so that multiple messages could be sent at the
same time (his theory of the 'harmonic telegraph' was based on the
principle that several messages could be sent simultaneously along
the same wire if the different telegraph signals each had a
different pitch). However at the same time he began working on the
novel idea that speech could be transmitted electronically, as he
accidentally discovered that the sound of a spring being twanged
could be heard over his harmonic telegraph system. Almost a year
later in March 1876 Bell uttered the first famous words into the
device to his assistant in the next room: "Mr. Watson, come here -I
want to see you".
Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish-born inventor,
scientist, philanthropist and teacher of the deaf is the person
most widely credited as the inventor of the electric telephone. On
March 7th 1876 he became the first to receive a patent for this
device, and at that time resided in Salem, Massachusetts.
A young black man, Lewis Lattimer, was employed as a draftsman
by the patent law firm that Alexander Graham Bell used, and
contributed to Bell's patent drawings. Lattimer become a successful
inventor in his own right.
As with many other important technological devices, several
people often worked on and independently created the same, or
similar devices in the same general time period -an example being
the modern navigational quadrant or sextant. While Bell was the
first to receive a patent for the telephone, several others
preceded his research and credit for inventing the electric
telephone remains in dispute.
Despite the claims of those defending Alexander Graham Bell, its
been suggested that both Antonio Meucci and then Elisha
Gray successfully invented telephones in the United States
before Alexander Graham Bell built his first one in 1876.
Earlier in 1831, Englishman Michael Faraday proved that
vibrations of metal could be converted to electrical impulses. This
was the technological basis of the telephone, but no one actually
used this system to transmit sound until 1861. In that year,
Johann Philip Reis in Germany is said to have built a simple
apparatus that changed sound to electricity and back again to
sound. It was a crude device and due to its design was incapable of
transmitting many frequencies, consequently it was never fully
Some of the others who performed pioneering experimental work
with electrical voice transmissions over wires included Thomas
Edison, Innocenzo Manzetti, and Charles Bourseul.
Incredibly, both Bell's lawyer and Gray filed documents (Bell's
lawyer a patent claim, and Gray a notice of a potential patent) on
their designs on February 14, 1876, with Bell's application beating
Gray's to the document examiner by only hours. Although Gray had
built the first steel diaphragm-electromagnet receiver in 1874, he
wasn't able to master the design of a workable transmitter until
after Bell had. Bell had worked tirelessly, experimenting with
various types of mechanisms, while Gray had become discouraged.
According to a famous story, the first fully intelligible
telephone call occurred on March 6, 1876, when Bell, who had
supposedly spilled acid on himself, called to his assistant in
another room. "Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you".
Improvements followed rapidly. The first long distance telephone
call was placed soon after between Brantford, Ontario, and Paris,
Ontario. The first telephone exchange, a practical means of
communicating between many people having telephones, was installed
in Hartford, Connecticut in 1877, and the first exchange linking
two major cities was established between New York and Boston in
1883. In 2002 the United States Congress passed resolution HRes 269
EH acknowledging the contributions of Antonio Meucci for his work
in the telephone's development, stating: "That it is the sense
of the House of Representatives that the life and achievements of
Antonio Meucci should be recognized, and his work in the invention
of the telephone should be acknowledged". Ironically this
resolution has often being incorrectly misinterpreted as meaning
that Meucci invented the telephone. However the congressional
resolution did not state that he did, or state that Bell did not
invent the telephone; it only served as a declaration on Meucci's
contributions, and did not annul or modify any of the patents Bell
received from 1876 onwards. The 2002 resolution was quickly
followed by another legislative declaration in Canada upholding
Bell's priority and his status as inventor of the telephone.
The person who first successfully 'patented' the telephone was
indisputably Alexander Graham Bell, however earlier inventors of
'telephone-like devices' may have been Meucci or even others
Interestingly, the commercialization of Alexander Graham Bell's
telephone was actually performed by several independent businesses
which eventually created the 'Bell System' (and later AT&T), to
which 'Alec', as he preferred to be called, participated very
little in. Alexander Graham Bell, who went on to become an eminent
scientist, inventor and philanthropist, considered the telephone to
be an intrusion into his real work and refused to have one in his
- for more information on Bell's personal life, his
citizenship (although many Canadians claim him as an 'honorary'
son since he lived in Canada for more than 37 years and died there
as well, he was a U.S. citizen from 1882 onwards and was
never actually Canadian), and his many other
scientific and philanthropic accomplishments, see:
Wikipedia.org: 'Alexander Graham Bell' and
'Alexander Graham Bell honors and tributes'
- Charlotte Gray, "RELUCTANT GENIUS: THE PASSIONATE LIFE AND
INVENTIVE MIND OF ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL", HarperCollins/Phylilis
Bruce, Toronto, 2006, ISBN: 0002006766, Dewey library code:
- for more information in the many other people who contributed
to the electric telephone, see: Wikipedia.org:
'History of the Telephone' and
'Invention of the Telephone'
Alexander Graham Bell was born Scottish, but moved to, Canada at
23, where he started his work on the telegraph and telephone. He
later received a job as professor at Boston University, and
continued his experiments both at the university, and in Brantford,
Ontario, at his family home. He opened his own school in Boston for
training teachers of the deaf and was influential in disseminating
these methods. In 1876 he became the first person to transmit
intelligible words through electric wire "Watson, come here, I want
you," at his laboratory in Boston.
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The first telephone was created by Alexander Graham Bell on March
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