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Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison once said “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison is often known as not only the greatest American inventor but one of the greatest inventors to in the whole world. He was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan Ohio, and was the last of seven children. His father, Samuel, worked as a Canadian political firebrand and his mother, Nancy, was a school teacher. His family moved from Ohio to Port Huron, Michigan when Edison was only 7 years old due to financial problems and his parents being in search of work. As expected at that age, Thomas Edison began attending school just like every other little boy and girl, however his experience in the school system was a lot different and ended a lot quicker. His teacher highly considered Edison to be a dull/boring pupil, Thomas showed great disinterest in subjects such as mathematics and often asked far too many questions in class that his teacher liked to hear. Shortly after spending approximately three months in his new school, Edison’s teacher approached his mother and informed her that he truly believed that Thomas Edison was incapable of learning. Following that incident it was said he briefly attended other schools but most of his education took place at home being taught by his mother. His very first job was that of a candy butcher on a Grand Trunk Railroad. Then at 15 Edison traveled through the Midwest and apprenticed to a telegraph operator, and spent the

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