Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-American (later Canadian) 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 British and Canadian heritage.
During a meeting between GeneralWilliam 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.