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Unformatted text preview: Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. The youngest son of a modest family, he received most of his education from his mother and from himself. At the age of twelve, he left school for good. His first job was that of a "candy butcher" on the Grand Trunk Railroad. Around the age of fifteen, he was an apprentice to a telegraph operator, and he wandered around the Midwest for the next six years working in telegraph offices. In the spring of 1868, he landed in Boston, where he created his first, unsuccessful invention, a vote recorder. Edison's first contracts for inventions were with the Gold and Stock Telegraph Company in New York City. With the money he received from these invention contracts, he operated a few telegraph manufacturing shops in Newark in the early 1870s. While operating these businesses, he became embroiled in a patent battle over one of his...
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