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Thomas Edison could probably be properly called Mr Electricity because of the many inventions and millions of dollars that he used and invested with electricity From the invention of the light bulb to the invention of the phonograph Thomas Edison made electricity a reality for the masses And one of his greatest influences was from his Father a very positive man A long with the great influence he had upon Americans and the world He sparked the movement of todays computer ran worldThomas Edison was born February 11 1847 in Milan Ohio He was the seventh and last child of Samuel Edison Jr and Nancy Elliot Edison His parents had no special mechanical background His mother was a former schoolteacher his father was a jack-of-all-trades - from running a grocery store to real estate When Thomas was seven years old his family moved to Port Huron Michigan He was a very curious child who asked a lot of questions Edison began school in Port Huron Michigan when he was seven His teacher the Reverend G B Engle considered Thomas to be a dull studentAllen pg 22 Thomas especially did not like math And he asked too many questions The story goes that the teacher whipped students who asked questions After three months of school the teacher called Thomas addled Thomas was pissed The next day Nancy Edison brought Thomas back to school to talk with Reverend Engle The teacher told his mother that Thomas couldnt learn Nancy also became angry at the teachers strict ways She took Thomas out of school and decided to home-school himAllen pg 34 It appears he briefly attended two more schools However his school attendance was not very good So nearly all his childhood learning took place at home Edisons parents loved to read They read to him works of good literature and history They had many books that young Tom eagerly devoured Before he was 12 he had read
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