STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
WHEREAS, the real wealth of our nation lies in the hands and minds of its citizens who labor for the advancement of science, education and industry; and
WHEREAS, Thomas Alva Edison personifies the great progress which can result when one such person utilizes his knowledge and abilities for the benefit of all under a system of government which encourages individual initiative; and
WHEREAS, his contributions to America's scientific and industrial growth are exemplified by the incandescent light, the phonograph and the motion picture camera to name but a few of his 1,097 patented inventions which are in use throughout the world today; and
WHEREAS, his inventions and discoveries created new industries which provided employment and raised our living standards to unprecedented heights; and
WHEREAS, February 11th, 1952, marks the 105th birthday anniversary of this great American inventor whose birthday is observed internationally;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, do proclaim February 11th, the inventor's birthday, as
THOMAS ALVA EDISON DAY
in fitting tribute to the memory of the man people throughout the countries of the world honor as their benefactor and I urge all citizens to consider the significant part which Thomas Alva Edison played in making their lives richer and more enjoyable.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Seventeenth day of January, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.