It was on this date, February 11, 1847, that Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. In his entire life he had only three months of formal education. His mother educated Edison at home. By age ten Edison had read Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason: “I can still remember the flash of enlightenment that shone from his pages.” As for education generally, Edison said, “I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.”…
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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
Newcomb rejected the idea of immortality and made no secret of his Freethinking views. President William Howard Taft attended his funeral.