We all know there are many
great inventors, like Steve Jobs and Orval Wright. However, who is the greatest
inventor? Today we are going to talk about him. His name is Thomas Edison, the
world’s greatest inventor.
Thomas Alva Edison was
welcomed to the world on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio.
He went to school for three months because the schoolmaster thought he asked
too many questions. Thomas’s mother knew he had great intelligence and she home
schooled him. As an older boy at 12, he worked at the Grand Trunk RR as a
newsboy on the trains. When he worked there, he saved the stationmaster’s
two-year-old son from a boxcar. He was then shown how to use the stations
telegraph. Thomas was married twice, to Mary Stillwell in 1871 and Mina Miller
in 1886.Mary died at age 29 but they had three children. When he was married to
Mina Miller, the two had three kids.
Thomas moved to Boston to work. He often
had time to make inventions because there were not many telegraph calls. In
1869, he finished his first invention, a machine that automatically counted
votes. Sadly, nobody bought his machine. Thomas didn’t give up and quit his job
as a telegrapher to become an inventor. In 1870, success came his way. He sold
an improved stock ticker [Stock price calculator,] to the western union company
for $40,000. In 1877, he made the phonograph or recorder on accident. He worked
on the phonograph for 20 years and made a doll with a phonograph in it.
Children turned a crank and the doll sounded as if it was talking. People
started calling Thomas “The Wizard of Menlo Park.” His most famous invention
the electric light bulb was finished in 1879. They tested many filaments until
they finally found the one. It was made of partly burned sewing thread and soon
everyone used Thomas’ light bulbs.
Thomas Edison can live up to
the title, “The Worlds Greatest Inventor.” Thomas invented for good, he helped
Louisiana Purchase Native Americans by putting an invention he made in their
outhouses to keep them sanitary. He also sold inventions to make people’s lives
easier. Thomas made electric light bulbs because oil and gas ones often burned
down houses. On top of that, he made a stock ticker that took pain out of
finding stock prices .I think you would be convinced that Thomas was a good
Thomas changed the entire
world for the better. Thomas made many things easier. An individual man changed
the whole world. That man is Thomas Alva Edison, the man who changed life with
the flick of a switch.
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