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Collection Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress

Articles and Essays

  • Collection Highlights

    1875 Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, 1875 A month before they became engaged to be married, Alexander Graham Bell wrote Mabel Hubbard this letter, teasing her about her interest in "Woman's Rights": "I never suspected that you were one of these people who think women have rights. Do you actually suppose their wishes are to be considered with the same ...

  • Inventor and Scientist

    In 1876, at the age of 29, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. In 1877, he formed the Bell Telephone Company, and in the same year married Mabel Hubbard and embarked on a yearlong honeymoon in Europe.

  • Telephone and Multiple Telegraph

    The telegraph and telephone are both wire-based electrical systems, and Alexander Graham Bell's success with the telephone came as a direct result of his attempts to improve the telegraph.

  • Timeline

    1847 to 1868. March 3, 1847 Alexander Bell is born to Alexander Melville and Eliza Symonds Bell in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the second of three sons; his siblings are Melville (b. 1845) and Edward (b. 1848).

  • Family Tree

    David Charles Bell. David Charles Bell, uncle of Alexander Graham Bell (1817-1903?) married Ellen Adine Highlandied Together they had 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls: Alexander Bell (1841-1843) Robert Bell (1842-1849) Esther Bell (1844-1850) Sophia Bell (born 1846) married Richard Horne Chichester Bell (1848-1924) married Antoinette Ives Aileen Bell (1850-1914) Laurie Bell (born 1852) married James Kerr Elizabeth Bell (born 1854) married William ...