Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. This invention stemmed from his research into hearing devices. Bell himself never owned a phone.
Although the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell was looked upon in the United States with suspicion because of his Canadian heritage.
During a meeting between General William Rosecrans and German diplomat Alfred von Schlieffen, Rosecrans used and then cursed the telephone, noting Bell's status as a Canadian as in a tone that suggested it was indicative of the telephone's flaws. Von Schlieffen could not see the connection.