Select Bibliography Boettinger, H. M. The Telephone Book: Bell, Watson, Vail, and American Life, 1876-1983. Revised Edition. New York: Stearn Publishers, 1983. Brooks, John. Telephone: The First Hundred Years. New York: Harper and Row, 1976. Bruce, Robert V. Bell: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973. Reprint, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990. Coe, Lewis. The Telephone and Its Several...
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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...
Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Bell (1790-1865) married (1) Elizabeth Colville (died 1856), divorced 1831, had 1 daughter and 3 sons: Jane Bell (1815-1817) David Charles Bell (1817-1903?) Alexander Melville Bell (1819-1905) married (1) Eliza Grace Symonds (1809-1897) and had 3 sons: Melville James Bell (1845-1870) Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) married Mabel Gardiner Hubbard (1857-1923) Elsie May Bell (1878-1964) married Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875-1966), had 2 daughters and...
Alexander Melville Bell
Alexander Bell (1790-1865) married (1) Elizabeth Colville (died 1856), divorced 1831, had 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys: Jane Bell (1815-1817) David Charles Bell (1817-1903?) Alexander Melville Bell (1819-1905) married (1) Eliza Grace Symonds (1809-1897), had 3 children, 3 boys: had Melville James Bell (1845-1870) Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) married Mabel Gardiner Hubbard (1857-1923), had 4 children Elsie May Bell (1878-1964) married Gilbert...
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:
Elsie May Bell Grosvenor
Elsie May Bell (1878-1964) married Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875-1966), had 7 children, 5 daughters and 2 sons: Melville Bell Grosvenor (1901-1982) Gertrude Hubbard Grosvenor (1903-1986) Mabel Harlakenden Grosvenor (1905- ) Lilian Waters Grosvenor (1907-1985) Alexander Graham Bell Grosvenor (1909-1915) Elsie Alexandra Carolyn Grosvenor (1911- ) Gloria Victoria Grosvenor (1918-1972)
Melville James Bell
Melville James Bell (1845-1870) married Caroline Ottoway and had 1 son: Edward Charles Ottoway Bell (1868-1870)
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.
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).
1870 to 1879
May 28, 1870 Older brother Melville Bell dies of tuberculosis at the age of 25.
1880 to 1887
1880 The National Bell Telephone Company becomes the American Bell Telephone Company.
1890 to 1899
Aug-Sept, 1890 Bell and his supporters form the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf.
1900 to 1922
October 1900 Elsie Bell marries Gilbert Grosvenor, the National Geographic Magazine editor.