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Thomas Alva Edison

by Jacklyn from USA


My hero is Thomas Alva Edison. He was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847. He died at the age of 84. He moved to Odessa, Russia, then moved to Port Huron, Michigan, in 1854. He eventually settled in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas Edison is one of the most famous inventors of all time. Because of him, our lives are much easier.


We think of Edison as an important inventor who must have had a lot of education. He was educated, but he did not receive a formal education. At the age of eight he got bored with school and started to ask too many questions. The teacher thought he was addled which means slow and confused. His mother disagreed. She said he was a smart boy. His father then took him out of school and homeschooled him. At home, he read William Shakespeare. Then he read a book by Sir Issac Newton called Principia Mathematica. These books made Edison curious about how things work the way they do. His curiosity led him to set up a laboratory in his bedroom. He sat on eggs to see if he could get them to hatch. Eventually, his curiosity led to many inventions.

His important invention was the light bulb. Thomas also made over a thousand inventions in his lifetime. Some of his other inventions are the Vote Recorder, Carbon Telegraph Transmitter, a D.C. Power Plant and many other things. To this day, his inventions are still used. Two of his other major inventions are the video recorder and the phonograph.

Thomas Edison is an important hero because he contributed to our world with his inventions. He did not make his inventions for glory or fame. He did so because he was curious and determined to finish all of his inventions until they worked. Thomas was a hard worker and all of his inventions are helpful to people even today.

Thomas Edison makes a difference in my life. His inventions make my life easier, but he showed me how important it is to be resourceful. His hardworking attitude and determination are an inspiration to me. Thomas Edison is my hero.

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