by David Forest
[…] Abraham Lincoln was a visionary. He’s still the only American president with a patent.
And in 1861, he used a newfound technology to change the world.
About 150 years before cellphones went mainstream, Lincoln recognized the power of near-instant communication.
Why? Because when the Civil War broke out, the Confederates seized the telegraph lines surrounding Washington, D.C. Lincoln and Secretary of War Simon Cameron knew that was a problem. They saw how important communication would be to winning the war.
And although Samuel Morse pioneered the telegraph system in the U.S. in 1844, it wasn’t until Lincoln used it to help win the Civil War that it caught on…