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Unformatted text preview: In December 1875 Western Union wrapped up the quadruplex court battles and gave Edison a new contract. This contract spelled out their expectations for Edison's patents in clear language and gave him the assignment of developing an acoustic telegraph. He used the money to build a research laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, twenty-five miles southwest of New York City. Menlo Park was where Edison built the phonograph, the electric light bulb, and tinkered with Alexander Graham Bell's telephone technology. About thirty men worked in the two-story facility, and while Edison reinforced his reputation as an exacting boss, the whole group became very close. Edison's life was changing in other ways as well. His new family also moved to Menlo Park when the facility was opened. On December 25, 1871, he married a young girl named Mary Stilwell. She was a sixteen-year-old girl from a modest Newark family, very named Mary Stilwell....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
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