Thomas Edison1

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Thomas Edison1

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was one of the greatest inventors. He was a

smart man. Thomas invented many things such as the light bulb and

phonograph. Without the light bulb we would still be using candles and

lanterns like they did many years ago. Although Thomas was deaf he

worked hard and never gave up.

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan,

Ohio. He had many family members. He had a father named Samuel

Odgen Edison and a mother named Nancy Elliott Edison. Thomas'

mother pulled him from school because Thomas' teacher called him a

"retard." Nancy Edison taught her son at home. Thomas has six siblings
and he was the youngest child in the Edison family. Thomas was

interested in many things as a child. At age twelve Thomas got a job at

the Grand Trunk Railroad. While working at Grand Trunk Railroad

Thomas was a typesetter, press operator, editor, and publisher of his very
own newspaper called the "Herald." Thomas got his news for his

newspaper from telegraphers at other train stations. Thomas liked many

things, but mathematics was not one of them. He enjoyed reading books

about science and philosophy. His favorite book ever was Isaac

Newtown's Principia Mathematica. Thomas was interested in inventing

the light bulb. Thomas was a scientist as a kid. He like to test many

things. When he was young he built a laboratory in the

family's basement. Thomas did experiments he found in science books

and got jars and chemicals for experiments from local shopkeepers.

Thomas also used a spare train car for another laboratory.

Thomas studied books on mechanics, manufacturing, and

chemistry at the public library. He spent a long time studying

Newtown's Principles. He also read lots of books such as G

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