“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, July 3, 2018
1. Alexander Graham Bell Marker
Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor of the apparatus which first transmitted speech through long lines of electrified wire lived from 1873 to 1876 in a house on this spot owned by Mrs. Mary Ann (Brown) Sanders
In these years but not chiefly in Salem Bell made fundamental inventions that resulted in the telephone and wrote the specifications of his invincible patent of March 1876
Here he gave lessons in visible speech to Mrs. Sanders's six-year-old grandson who was born deaf and superintended the child's education
Compensation for this service was at times his only resource during part of this period He was made welcome to the attic of the house as his laboratory for evening work his work in the daytime being done at Boston University where he was a lecturer on vocal physiology and in a machine shop in Boston which belonged to a manufacturer of electrical apparatus
Thomas Sanders father of the deaf child became so much interested in bell and had such faith in the value of his inventions that in the four years 1874-8 he advanced the larger part of the money it cost to make the telephone a commercial success
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straining his credit and imperilling his own business Thousands of the first telephones for hire were made with his money
Therefore the house which stood here and the name of Sanders are to be forever associated with one of the most beneficent inventions which America has given to the world
The first public lecture on the telephone illustrated by the actual transmission electrically of speech to and from a distant place was the Essex Institute lecture delivered in Lyceum Hall Salem on February 12th 1877 The first press dispatch ever sent by telephone proceeded from that meeting to Boston

This Tablet Was Placed Here By The Essex Institute In 1922

The Essex Institute
presented this plaque to
The New England Telephone & Telegraph Co.
on February 12, 1958

Erected 1922 by the Essex Institute.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is February 12, 1877.
Location. 42° 31.291′ N, 70° 53.881′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Essex Street and Summer Street, on the left when traveling east on Essex Street. Located on the Salem YMCA building. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Sewall Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The McIntire District (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntire Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain William Driver (within shouting distance of this marker); The Witch Gaol (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens (about 600 feet away); The Town House (about 700 feet away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (about 800 feet away); Lyceum Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 39 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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May. 22, 2022