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Illuminating the Path of ProgressThomas Alva Edison is the most famous inventor in American History Edison designed built and delivered the electrical age He started a revolution that would refocus technology change life patterns and create millions of jobs He became famous for his scientific inventions even though he was not a scientist His real talent was his ability to clearly judge a problem and be persistent in experimenting He was the master of the trial and error methodThomas Edison was born on February 11 1847 in Milan Ohio He was the last of seven children born to Samuel and Nancy Edison Edisons early life was spent in Ohio near the nations busiest grain port He spent time exploring the canal and played near his fathers shingle businessWhen Alva was a child he had scarlet fever The fever damaged his hearing and delayed his entrance into school Edison was curious about the world around him and always tried to teach himself through reading and experiments Alva spent three years in home schooling He was taught by his mother He later returned to school but left at age twelve to get a job and help support his familyEdison got his first job selling newspapers and snacks to the passengers on the train between Port Huron and Detroit Edison bought a used printing press in 1862 and published the Grand Trunk Herald for passengers It was the first newspaper published on a trainWhen Edison was fifteen he was taught Morse code and became a manager of a telegraph office Edison got the idea for his first invention from working here His first inventions were the transmitter and receiver for the automatic telegraph At 21 Edison produced his first major invention a stock ticker In 1869 when Edison was twenty-two he patented his first invention and advertised that he would devote his time to bringing out his inventions The first patent received by Edison was
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