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North America: early 20th Century
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1937)

See also:
The Vegetarian


U.S. inventor. He patented more than a thousand inventions, including the phonograph, the incandescent electric lamp, the microphone and the kinetoscope.

From the Vegetarian Messenger (the magazine of the Vegetarian Society of Great Brtiain), June 1908:

Mr. Edison a Vegetarian. - During the recent illness, from mastoiditis, of Mr. Thos. Alva Edison, the famous inventor ceased using meat and went for a thorough course of vegetarianism. Mr. Edison was so pleased with the change of diet that, now he has regained his normal health, he continues to renounce meat in all it's forms.

- we have no information at this time as to whether he continued with vegetarianism.