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Alexander Graham Bell was a man of many interests and talents. While famous for inventing the telephone, Bell also...
- invented an improved phonograph that Thomas Edison had to buy the patent for in order to build a usable product.
- worked with early airplane inventors Glenn Curtiss and Samuel Langley and competed with the Wright Brothers.
- attempted to save President Garfield from his fatal gunshot wound with a bullet-finding invention similar to a metal detector.
- was a pioneering speech teacher to the deaf and a life-long friend and mentor of Helen Keller.
- emigrated from Scotland with his parents after both his brothers died from tuberculosis.
Bell invented and experimented his entire life. A favorite Bell quote is: "The inventor is a man who looks around upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world."