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Alexander Graham Bell

Although born in Scotland, Alexander Graham Bell is considered one of this country’s greatest inventors. His greatest invention, the telephone, was the result of his interest in helping the deaf and hard of hearing. The first telephone was introduced to the public in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Most of those people who saw the new device did not believe it to have any future. Can you imagine a world today without the telephone!

It is because of Mr. Bell’s invention that the United States has always been the world leader in communications. The first long distance call was made in 1892 between the cities of New York and Chicago. Today calls are made all over the United States and the world. In 1969 President Nixon made the most famous long distance call by talking to the astronauts of Apollo 11 on the moon.