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When was the telephone invented?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted December 16, 2008 at 2:10 AM via web

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When was the telephone invented?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 16, 2008 at 2:23 AM (Answer #1)

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The telephone was officially invented in 1875 by Alexander Graham Bell. However, this is only because Bell rushed the plan for the telephone to the patent office and got there just before a man named Elisha Gray came in to patent his device for the telephone. Many others were also working on some kind of device that would transmit speech over a wire apparatus. This lead to a long battle in court over the patent for the device, which Bell eventually won. Today he is recognized as the inventor of the telephone.

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composer369 | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 15, 2009 at 12:34 PM (Answer #3)

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I understand that the newest research has uncovered that Bell did rush to the patent office, saw Gray's proposed patent and copied verbatim much about the document in margin notes of his own patent, then rushed his plan to include the best parts of Gray's design. This would make Bell somewhat of a fraud when it comes to the picture from our time as it is now. Bell was known to despise the telephone and once even threw one out the window in a work shed as it bothered him so much to even be near it.I give the inventor status squarely to Gray.

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taylorbrooke | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2008 at 7:13 AM (Answer #4)

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March 10th, 1876

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clintgrover | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM (Answer #6)

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"...credit for the invention of the electric telephone is frequently disputed, and new controversies over the issue have arisen from time-to-time. As with other great inventions such as radio..." Check Wikipedia link below:

Just want to add that telephone is one of the indispensable household appliance. For business telephone is being improved and supplemented as in a virtual office phone.

 

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alexulmercomcastnet | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM (Answer #7)

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The Telephone was invented in 1876 by Alexander Grahm Bell.

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chelsea492 | Student , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:50 PM (Answer #8)

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in 1876

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chelsea492 | Student , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM (Answer #9)

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 invented in 1876 by Alexander Grahm Bell.

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nicole8923 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM (Answer #10)

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The telegraph was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

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