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Thomas Edison’s endorsement of MIT

Someone alert MIT’s recruitment office: Thomas Alva Edison was a fan.

Here’s a 1916 letter from a father asking Edison’s advice about where to send his son who is “not a very studious boy” but is “mechanically inclined”:

Letter to Edison with his recommendation of MIT

Edison’s handwritten response says, as best I can make out:

My advice is to send him to the Mass Institute of Technology – Boston of all the young men out of college which I have employed those from the Mass Tech were far superior to all others.”

Source: “Letter from Harry C Shaaber to Thomas Alva Edison, October 30th, 1916,” Edison Papers Digital Edition, accessed July 20, 2018,>. The ever-vigilant Lewis Brett Smiler sent it to me.

2 Responses to “Thomas Edison’s endorsement of MIT”

  1. Neat. So the obvious question is, did he apply, get in and go (and graduate)? There are some Schaabers near Reading according to Switchboard. I am not bold (brash?, impolite?, stupid?) enough to contact them.

  2. Reading according to Switchboard

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