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Granville T Woods was an assiduous African American inventor who is worthy of a position in the American Historical Hall of Fame Woods was born a free man on April 23 1856 in Columbus Ohio to Tailer and Martha Woods Gale p 4 He attended school until the age of 10 when family circumstances forced him to go to work He quickly displayed a thirst of knowledge and a keen ability to observe the workings of machines around him ABC-CLIO p 1 Woods never married during his life he died on January 28 1910 of a stroke at the age of 53 At the end of his life Woods was virtually penniless Even though he was forced to leave school at 10 and work he found ways to teach himself as much as he could Woods paid the shops master mechanic for private lessons to increase his knowledge and skills ABC-CLIO p 1 When he transferred to New York he showed an interest in electricity and in 1876 he took night classes in mechanical and electrical engineering He was constantly reading and studying He attended East Coast College for two years and studied mechanical and electrical engineering Some formative experiences Woods experienced were one his time on the British steamship Ironsides and two his successful experiment with an underground system of Electric Propulsion He spent two years on the British steamship as an engineer at the age of 22 He got to travel the world and he learned as much as he could ABC-CLIO p 1 His successful experiment with an underground system of electric propulsion took place on Coney Island on September 15 1893 It was a better form of the street car trolley The experiment was to show that it would work perfectly in all weather conditions NYT p 4 This was a great success and gained him a lot of recognition During Woods lifetime he worked at many different
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