Who Is Thomas Edison A Hero

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Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park
One of the world’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison, once said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” (Beals, Edison Quotes). Perspiration and long hours were key to him. He noticed what hit peers have missed by being lazy and he was determined to be the opposite. Thomas Edison's childhood curiosity and imagination led to the dedicated and persistent man who created countless new inventions, improvements, and literally, lit up the world.
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio; his parents were Samuel Edison and Nancy Elliot Edison. Nancy’s parents believed girls should be educated and so Nancy was educated and she taught school until she married. Samuel opened a lumberyard and a shingle mill after moving to the United States from Canada. Thomas was named after his great uncle, his middle name in honor of Samuel’s close friend, Captain Alva Bradley. Al became Thomas’ nickname during his early childhood (Cousins 3-7).
At the age of seven, Al and his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. He was a sickly boy requiring many trips to the doctor. Al …show more content…

A stock ticker is a device that businessmen used to see the quick price changes in stock exchange. Stock exchange is a marketplace for buying and selling stocks, or shares of investments. This product was successful and he installed over twenty-five in Boston (Woodside 18). After a company bought Tom's right to build his improved stock ticker for forty thousand dollars, he finally had enough money to hire workers in his shop. All he expected for his workers was hard work and determination. One employee was Mary Stilwell; the couple fell in love and married in December. They had three children − Marion, Thomas Jr., and William. Two of his children were given nicknames from Morse code by Thomas. Marion was "Dot" and Thomas Jr. was "Dash" (DeMauro

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