Samuel F.B. Morse is best known for inventing the telegraph, but he was also an accomplished painter and patron of the arts–which led to his intense interest in Daguerrotype photography. In my first story for Mental Floss (where I began working as a staff editor in June), I look at the events that led to Morse’s efforts to open the first photography studio in America. One of the studio’s most famous students was Civil War photographer Mathew Brady. Check out the story here!