WHO DOES NOT RISK, HE DOES NOT WIN. FROM THE HISTORY OF TELEGRAPH IN THE USA
Considered is a conflict between the owners of a patent for the invention of Morse and Henry O’Reilly (the organizer of the construction of the first electric telegraph lines in the USA). It is shown that often the actions of O’Reilly were akin to fraud in organizational and financial matters and differed in irresponsibility in operational and technical terms. However, his enthusiasm, assertiveness contributed to the creation of a variety of private telegraph companies, rapid coverage of the territories of communication lines, as well as the development of the shortcomings of "raw" technologies not in laboratory conditions, and at a construction site.