Thomas Edison

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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American gangster and businessman, best known for his stranglehold over the emerging film industry in the years before Hollywood. Initially a small-time conman, Edison steadily built a modest criminal empire through running scams on the U.S. Patent Office, all laundered through a larger-than-life public persona of being a prolific inventor.