Edison

By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Edison was one of the most famous men in the world. The holder of more patents than any other inventor in history, Edison had amassed a fortune and achieved glory as the genius behind such revolutionary inventions as sound recording, motion pictures, and electric light.

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The late 1800s and early 1900s were exciting years for American innovation and technology. What is the most significant or impactful invention in American history during that time?