Thomas Alva Edison is a true hero for his admirable and tremendous actions and contributions. Born on February 11, 1847 near Lake Erie, he showed much interest in mechanics and chemical experiments. He was seven years old when he moved to Port Huron. Edison, or Al as his other seven siblings called him, was very curious and attempted to test how things worked. Some of his childhood experiences included trying to hatch goose eggs, attempting to create electricity with cats, and making a boy float up into the air.
At the age of twelve, Al got a job on the Grand Trunk Railroad as a candy butcher, which means he sold newspapers, candy, and drinks to people on the trip. During his free time on the train, he made his own laboratory in the baggage car and experimented with several different things. He eventually bought a printing press at the age of fifteen and made his own newspapers with inquiries about the different people on the train and his experiences. He sold it to people not only on the train, but to people on the platform waiting for the train. Also, by this age, Edison had read every book in the Detroit Public Library. He said when a reporter asked him about it, I didnt read a few books, I read the library, with a sarcastic smile.
In 1862, he saved a telegraphers son from an incoming train and received training as a reward. By the age of twenty, he was supposedly the fastest telegrapher in the U.S. He left the job after telegraphing all over the U.S. and Canada to pay more attention to his inventions by recording his methods and results. In 1868, Alva invented the Electric Vote Recorder and received a patent by the government. But in the end, Congress didnt want to use it and Edison decided only to invent things that the people wanted.
Thomas Edison moved to New York City at the age of twenty-two. His friend, who worked for a Gold Indicator Company, asked him to come quickly and fix the stock ticker that had broken not to long ago. He quickly reassembled the stock ticker and was then hired by the boss to fix and improve the mechanics at GIC. In 1869, he invented the Edison Universal...