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  • Edwin L. Drake was a man who invented the oil.  Edwin Drake was as obsessively single-minded in his hunt for oil as Ahab had been in his quest for the white whale.
  • Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as the typewriter , electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.
  • Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born American inventor and scientist. Bell was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... While in the U.S. Bell invented and/or improved a number of electrical technologies. He is best remembered as the inventor of the telephone (1876).
  • The company hoped to make money selling the oil for lighting, and to this end the stockholders sent Drake to Titusville to assess the viability of the enterprise.
  • Thomas Edison invented the typewriter. The first electrically operated typewriter, consisting of a printing wheel, was invented by Thomas A. Edison in 1872 and later developed into the ticker-tape printer. The electric typewriter as an office writing machine was pioneered by James Smathers in 1920.
  • The device was one of the most exciting innovations of the day, allowing for multiple messages to be sent over wire simultaneously.
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