Essay about Thomas Edison

2410 Words Sep 29th, 1999 10 Pages
Thomas Edison was a man who influenced America more than anyone else. Some of the inventions he pioneered are still used to this day. He was a man who spent almost his entire life working as a scientist, and receiving more than 1,200 patents in his lifetime. (Anderson pg.7) Thomas Edison's life was probably twice as productive as a modern day chemist, he was a firm believer of an eight hour work day, eight hours in the morning, and eight in the afternoon. Aside from his amazing history as an adult Edison lived an equally exciting childhood. Thomas Edison was born in Milan Ohio on February 11, 1847. At the time, his father was owner of a successful shingle and lumber company. However with new railroads being built through Milan his father …show more content…
While there he studied the Stock Ticker, a telegraph machine that was used to report the price of gold to brokers' offices. A few days later the machine broke down and couldn't be fixed by any of the employees. Edison surprised the manager by repairing it, and he received a job as a Supervisor, getting $300 a month. He continued to study the ticker and made numerous advancements on it. His new ticker would be able to print out fresh stock quotes and values on a thin piece of paper. This made it easier to stay updated and made the business a bit more competitive. Edison needed a good sized pay day and he expected to make around $4,000 for the patent rights for the ticker. But the ticker had such a huge impact on the stock market, and they became so popular that he was able to sell the rights for nearly $40,000. the stock ticker, was a great success. (Clark p. 25). This was his biggest payday ever, after he was given the check he just paced around his lab with amazement. He didn't believe that any bank would honor a check that size.(kanal 2) Rather than spend the money on new supplies, he let it grow in the bank while he made plans to open a new and improved lab in Newark, New Jersey. (Edison bio). He planned on continuing research with telegraphy he began improving his earlier devices which made it possible to send several messages over the same line. This greatly improved the productions of the existing telegraph lines. At the same time

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