Though the inventors applied for the patent on the same day, it was awarded to Alexander Graham Bell.
On a related note, Antonio Meucci, an Italian inventor, had submitted a patent caveat for the telephone. His contributions were largely ignored, and only in 2002, the US Congress recognised him as the inventor of the telephone.
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