In October 1868

In October 1868 - two new companies with business partners...

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In October 1868, while working in Boston, Edison got his first patent for an invention, the  electrographic vote recorder. This was a device that allowed legislators to vote yes or no  instantly by tapping one of two switches. Unfortunately, he was told by congressmen in  Washington that "if there is any invention on earth that we don't want here, it is this." This failure led Edison to explore possibilities in the field of the telegraph. He moved to  New York City in 1869 and created an electrical firm with two colleagues, Franklin Pope  and James Ashley. He also received his first invention contracts from a major firm, the  Gold and Stock Telegraphing Company, in the spring of 1870. He was assigned to  develop a telegraph to compete with the Morse system and a facsimile printer of a  successful stock ticker. The new assignments brought a measure of financial freedom, and Edison organized 
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Unformatted text preview: two new companies with business partners: the Newark Telegraph Works and the American Telegraph Works, both in 1870. Newark Telegraph Works lasted until 1872, when Edison's partner moved to New York City. American Telegraph Works was bought by Gold and Stock in 1871; relations had deteriorated between Edison and his business partners by this time. In 1870, Edison moved to Newark in order to operate several telegraph manufacturing shops. In the shops, he continued to work on contracts and manufactured electrical products for companies in New York City, especially Gold and Stock. And when Western Union bought Gold and Stock in May 1871, Edison was careful to build a new relationship with them. In the shops, he supervised workers for the first time and came to be known as a demanding employer....
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