Samuel F. B. Morse: E72
b. Charlestown, Mass. • d. New York, N.Y.
Sculptor: Byron M. Picket
At the entrance of Inventor's Gate on the east side of Central Park at 72nd Street, is the appropriately placed statue of Samuel Morse, an American painter and inventor. He is standing next to his most renowned invention, the electric telegraph. With one hand on his invention the other displays a strip of Morse Code.
He was also a founder and first President of the National Academy of Design established in 1825. Dedicated to artists for the sole purpose of instruction and exhibition, the Academy's commitment to this goal still persists.