Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Thomas Alva Edison, of West Orange, New Jersey "America's Greatest Inventor"

He was born at Milan, Ohio, and raised in Port Huron, Michigan. He was completely deaf in one ear and could barely hear in the other. He received no formal education but was a voracious reader and by age-13 was funding his early experiments by selling candy, newspapers etc., on trains. 
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 12/03/2020 and last updated on 04/04/2020.
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