Thomas Edison's Last Breath Is Saved In A Test Tube

Thomas Edison's Last Breath Is Saved In A Test Tube

The boyhood hero of Henry Ford was the inventor Thomas Edison. When Ford was in his 30s, the two met. They maintained a very close friendship until the day Edison died. A friendship so close, in fact, the two bought houses next to each other in Florida, and would often go on camping trips with other notable Americans of the time. When Edison was confined to a wheelchair later in life, Ford bought a wheelchair so they could have wheelchair races. Thomas Edison once said, "As to Henry Ford, words are inadequate to express my feelings. I can only say that in the fullest meaning of the word, he is my friend." In the room in which Edison died, there were many test tubes. They were sealed and said to contain Edison's last breath, and one of these was given to Ford.

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    A sealed test tube in a Dearborn, Michigan museum contains Thomas Edison's last breath. (0:00)

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    Thomas Edison and Henry Ford bought houses next to each other in Florida. (1:11)

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    There were many test tubes in the room in which Thomas Edison died; they were sealed and are said to contain Edison's last breath. (2:46)

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