Born in Scotland in 1847, Alexander Graham Bell held 18 patents in his name alone, 12 others with collaborators. His mother would be right in style with current practices, homeschooling Bell. He did have one year of formal education in a private school and two years in high school, but Bell was considered a mediocre student. He was, however, able to solve problems. His father moved the family to North America, Ontario, Canada, specifically. In 1871, Melville moved to Boston to teach at a school for the deaf and mute.. To focus his efforts to create and perfect a harmonic telegraph, he hired an electrician by the name of Thomas Watson. Bell was the brains, Watson was the hands on. After years of trial and error, in 1876 Bell and Watson, as the legend goes, shouted over a transmission line 'Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you!' Watson heard Bell's voice through the wire and had the first telephone call. Despite being born in Scotland, and dying in Nova Scotia, Bell became a U.S. citizen in 1882, years after he and Watson invented the phone.