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In his later years

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In his later years, Edison claimed that it was the experience of selling newspapers at  inflated prices on the days of  Civil War  battles that led him to life as a telegrapher. "It  struck me then," he claimed, "that the telegraph must be about the best thing going, for  it was the telegraphic notices on the bulletin boards that had done the trick." Intrigued by  the possibilities of the telegraph, which was reshaping communication in America in the  1860s, Edison begged friends to teach him how to use one and began experimenting  with telegraph lines and Morse code. Edison became an apprentice to telegrapher James MacKensie in the summer of 1862.  MacKensie helped Edison land his first telegraphing job, as an operator for Western  Union in Port Huron. At fifteen, Edison was still learning about discipline: he spent much 
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