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It was a race to the patent office for the invention of the telephone. Both inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Grey successfully constructed and perfected full-working models of the telephone simultaneously. It just so happens that Alex got to the patent office first, beating Elisha by just a few hours.

On March 7th, 1876 Patent number 174.465 was issued to Bell for the first working telephone in history. In 1877 Alex formed the Bell Telephone Company. Though, he was not out of the woods with Elisha Grey. Elisha was a premier engineer The Western Union Telephone Company, a well funded communications monopoly. In 1877 The Western Union Telephone Company sued Alexander. In 1879 Alexander won the case accruing the rights to all telephones, line, switchboards, patent rights in telephony and any pending claims belonging to Western Union. Though lawsuits and battles over the rights to the telephone continued until 1897 and nearly bankrupt him.

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Did you know?

Both Alexander Graham and Elisha grey designed a working telephone simultaneously. Though it was Alex who got his invention to the patent office first, just a few hours before Elisha!