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 Thomas Alva Edison is one of the most important people of the industrial revolution. Though he was not the richest he was a household name that pushed the advancement of this country through his inventions.Thomas edison was born, February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, to Samuel and Nancy Edison. When he was seven Edison’s family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, in In 1854. Thomas attended public school. In the total of twelve weeks he was enrolled thomas was deemed ” A hyperactive child, prone to distraction” and his teacher described him as ‘difficult’. (Biography.com) Thomas’s mother, Nancy, was an accomplished school teacher who after the twelve  weeks of primary school pulled him to teach him herself. When Thomas was about eleven he started to show a desire to learn without any pressure from others. Along with being distracted all the time he also had hearing impairments. ” It is now believed that a major cause was a bout with Scarlet Fever during childhood, along with recurring untreated middle ear infections.” (Bob Traynor) In 1859 when he was just 12 years old Edison quit school and began working as a trainboy on the railroad between Detroit and Port Huron. While he was working as a train boy he had easy access to the news stories that were telegraphed to the station office each day, Thomas started to write and publish his own small newspaper, named the “Grand Trunk Herald”. These articles did very well with the passengers at the station. According to Thomas Edison Biography.com “While Edison worked for the railroad, a near-tragic event turned fortuitous for the young man. After Edison saved a three-year-old from being run over by an errant train, the child’s grateful father rewarded him by teaching him to operate a telegraph.” or so the story goes. Before Edison was 15, he had learned enough to become a telegraph operator. For five years, Edison traveled as an “itinerant” telegrapher, were he would temporarily replace telegrapher who would leave for the Civil War. When he wasn’t working he was reading or teaching himself about electrical science as well as conducting experiments. (Biography.com


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