Claude Chappe  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Claude Chappe (December 25, 1763January 23, 1805) was a French inventor who in 1792 demonstrated a practical semaphore system that eventually spanned all of France. This was the first practical telecommunications system, and Chappe was the first telecom mogul.

French inventor Claude Chappe first demonstrates a practical semaphore system in 1792. Use of the system will eventually expand to include the whole of France. This is considered to be the first practical telecommunications system.



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