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Fort Myers,city (1990 pop. 45,206), seat of Lee co., SW Fla., on the Caloosahatchee River, near the Gulf of Mexico; founded 1850, inc. 1905. It has a tourist trade and light industry and is a shipping point for citrus fruits, winter vegetables, flowers (especially gladioli), and fish. The city grew up around Fort Harvie, built (c.1841) in the Seminole War, and lies in a region of tropical vegetation noted for its royal palms. There now is a large retired community, and the city has been marked by urban and economic growth. Thomas EdisonEdison, Thomas Alva,
1847–1931, American inventor, b. Milan, Ohio. A genius in the practical application of scientific principles, Edison was one of the greatest and most productive inventors of his time.
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1863–1947, American industrialist, pioneer automobile manufacturer, b. Dearborn, Mich. The Inception of the Ford Motor Company
Ford showed mechanical aptitude at an early age and left (1879) his father's farm to work as an apprentice in a Detroit
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