What Was The Impact Of Thomas Edison's Life Before The 1900s

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This paper will be an effort to explain about Thomas Alva Edison and his life before the 1900s. Thomas Edison was an American inventor, he was considered the most prolific inventor in American history and one of America’s leading businessmen who came from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology. He was also giving public recognition as a participant in the production of helping build America’s economy during the nation’s vulnerable early years. Thomas Edison was born on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was the last and youngest out of seven children of Samuel Edison Jr., an exiled political activist, and Nancy Elliott Edison, an accomplished school teacher. When he was seven years old he suffered from scarlet fever…show more content…
When Thomas became thirteen he asked his parents if he could get a job, they let him. He took the job of becoming a newsboy and “candy butcher” on the trains of the Grand Trunk Railway, running between Port Huron and Detroit. While having a job was fun for Thomas, he spent much of his free time reading scientific and technical books, he also spent some of this time learning how to operate a telegraph. In 1862, when he was fifteen, he printed and published the first ever newspaper to be typeset and printed on a moving train, The Weekly Herald. The London Times featured him and his paper in one of their stories, giving him his first exposure to international notoriety. Around the same time Thomas Edison had saved the son of J.U. Mackenzie, a station agent at Mount Clemens, Michigan. As a sign of gratitude, the child’s father taught him telegraphy. A few months later, when he was close to the age of sixteen, he hung a telegraph line from the Port Huron railway station to the Port Huron village and worked in the local telegraph office. By the time he was really at the age of sixteen, he was skilled enough to work as a telegrapher full time. (Beals,…show more content…
A year later, in 1868 he landed in New York City by using a Boston steamship, he was poor, penniless, and in debt. He went looking for work and tried his luck being in the operating room of the Gold and Stock Telegraph Company. One day when their ticker apparatus broke down, no one but Thomas was able to fix it. As a result of his help, he was given a job as superintendent with an amazing salary of $300 per month. Early in 1869, he went into a partnership with Franklin L. Pope, as an electrical engineer, and in a fundamental way, he improved stock tickers and patented several associated inventions, among which were the Universal Stock Ticker and the Unison Device. Later in the year, he received his first payment, a $40,000 check, for one of his inventions, but he sent the money back to his parents, who were financially desperate at the time. Then he opened a manufacturing shop in Newark, where he made stock tickers and worked on developing the quadruplex telegraph. Afterward he assisted Sholes, the inventor of the typewriter, in making the first successful working model of the device. (Beals,

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