Essay on Contributions Of Thomas Edison And American Life

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Contributions of Thomas Edison to American Life Thomas Edison once said “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Born on February 11 , 1847 in Milan ,Ohio, Thomas Edison was both a businessman and inventor. He and his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, in 1854 where he attended public school for a total of twelve weeks. Thomas as a hyperactive child was easily distracted and considered “difficult” by his teacher, causing his mother, Nancy, who had been a teacher, to home school him after he got pulled out of school. Having very little formal education, his mother taught him everything from reading and writing to arithmetic. He showed a voracious appetite for knowledge, reading books on a wide range of subjects only at the age of eleven, and at age twelve, Edison set out to put much of that education to work. Throughout all this, Edison developed a process for self- education and learning independently through an open curriculum which would later serve him in his life. He convinced his parents to let him sell newspapers to passengers along the Grand Trunk Railroad line. Later, by the age of fifteen, he was thought to use the telegraph and became a telegraph operator, subbing for those who had gone in Civil War (“Bio”). In his five years of working he used his free time to study and experiment with the telegraph which made him more familiar with electrical science. In 1869, Thomas moved to New York where he developed his…

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