Alexander G Bell

U.S. History I Honors
December 14, 2010
Great inventors of history…
Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland on March 3rd, 1847. His mother, who was deaf, was a musician and an artist. His father, who taught deaf people how to speak, invented "Visible Speech". Graham, or "Aleck", as his family called him, was interested in working with the deaf throughout his life. Being raised with his father, he was around deaf people a lot and learned to love it. Also, having a mother that was deaf gave him motivation towards this certain topic.
He only attended school for five years. It started from the time he was ten until he was fourteen, but he never stopped learning. He read the books in his grandfather's library and studied tutorials. When he was a teenager, he and his brother, Melly, used the voice box of a dead sheep to make a speaking machine. This created even more interest in human speech and how it worked. His interest grew even more and him making more discoveries in this area made it an ever bigger challenge for him.
When he was in his early 20's, his two brothers died of tuberculosis. Bell himself had the disease and his father moved the family to Canada looking for a better climate in which to live. Bell recovered from the disease later on and he was doing far better than his brothers. Two years later, he went to Boston to open a school for teachers of the deaf and then became a professor at Boston University. It was at this time that he met Mabel Hubbard, one of his students who were 10 years younger than him.
Mabel had become deaf at the age of four due to scarlet fever. Five years later, they were married and had three sons. Thomas Watson became an associate of Bell. He made parts and built models of Bell's inventions. A few months later on February 14th, 1876, he applied for a patent on his telephone. He knew he would have to work quickly to get the patent because other people were also trying to make an invention to...