Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on March 7, 1876.

Bell’s father, Melville Bell invented Visible Speech, which was a written method for teaching speaking to the deaf. Stemming from this, Alexander Graham Bell became interested in the idea of speech transmission over wires. He wished to develop a machine that would combine properties of a telegraph and a record player to create something called a “harmonic telegraph” in which people could speak with one another over a great distance.

Bell enlisted the help of a Boston machine shop worker, Thomas A. Watson, to create a prototype. Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his invention (# 174,465) on March 7, 1876. This patent beat out a similar patent request from Elisha Gray by only a few hours.

Celebrate the telephone patent today by calling someone up on the phone. In this day and age, we get so caught up in text messaging and e-mailing that we forget how comforting it is to hear a loved one’s voice on the other end of the line.

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One Response to “Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone”

  1. yovisto 03. Aug, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Thank you for your interesting Post!
    Did you know that Bell filed his patent for the telephone the very same day as Elisha Gray. It was only because of his lawyers that he was decided to have invented the telephone. Actually there was a prominent dispute that lasts until today, whether it was Gray who really was the first to invent a working telephone. If you are interested, you can read more about the Bell-Gray patent quarrel in our daily ‘History of Science, Technology, and Arts’ Blog at


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