Alexander Graham Bell
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"Alexander Graham Bell" was an eminent Scottish people/Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.#tag:ref/Bell was a British citizen for most of his early life. When he moved to Canada in 1870 Canadian and British citizenship were functionally identical, with Canadian nationality law/Canadian citizenship only becoming a formal classification in 1910. He applied for American citizenship after 1877, gained it in 1882, and referred to himself as an American citizen from that point on. Quote from Bell speaking to his wife: "you are a citizen because you can't help it – you were born one, but I chose to be one." Aside from Bell's own view of his citizenship, many, if not most Canadians considered him also as one of theirs as evidenced in an address by the Governor General of Canada. On October 24, 1917 in Brantford, Ontario, the Governor General spoke at the unveiling of the Bell Telephone Memorial to an audience numbering in the thousands, saying: "Dr. Bell is to be congratulated upon being able to receive the recognition of his fellow citizens and fellow countrymen".

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