- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2019

During his July Fourth speech on the National Mall, President Trump took time to praise American inventors who have allowed the United States to be a big player in the technological advancement of humans.

“Our quest for greatness unleashed a culture of discovery that led Thomas Edison to imagine his lightbulb, Alexander Graham Bell to create the telephone, the Wright Brothers to look to the sky and see the next great frontier,” Mr. Trump said. “For Americans, nothing is impossible.”

However, Bell’s inclusion has sparked debate about the inventor’s citizenship, as he was born in Scotland and lived in Canada before creating the technology that would lead to the telephone in Washington, D.C.

According to Historica Canada, while he would eventually become a U.S. citizen, Bell did not invent the telephone as one.

Bell was granted a U.S. patent for the technology for the telephone in 1876 but didn’t become a naturalized citizen until six years later in 1882.

During that time, Bell and his family split their time between the United States and their summer homes in Canada, first in Brantford, Ontari, and eventually, an island estate in Nova Scotia.

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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