Thomas Edison Facts

Thomas Edison Facts
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, the seventh and last child in his family. His father was Samuel Ogden Edison Jr. and his mother was Nancy Matthews Elliot. Although born in Ohio, Thomas Edison grew up in Port Huron, Michigan, having moved there in 1854. Because his teachers believed that he had learning issues due to his inquisitive mind and failure to concentrate in class, he only attended public school for 12 weeks. From then on he was schooled at home. Thomas had a habit of taking things apart to see how they worked, and coupled with his appetite for knowledge, he became one of the greatest inventors of his time.
Interesting Thomas Edison Facts:
Thomas Edison had scarlet fever as a child. He also suffered from ear infections frequently as a child. As a result he had hearing trouble in both ears and was almost deaf later in his life.
Thomas Edison was married twice.
Thomas Edison's first wife Mary Stilwell died when she was 29. They had three children together.
Thomas Edison's second wife was Mina Miller and they also had three children.
Thomas Edison proposed to his second wife Mina using the telegraph.
Thomas Edison earned a total of 1093 United States patents for his inventions.
Thomas Edison's most famous inventions include the electric light system, the phonograph and the motion picture camera.
Thomas Edison was not happy when motion pictures began to have sound. He thought that it ruined the acting.
Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. Several designs for the light bulb had been created before, but his invention was the most practical and the most efficient.
Thomas Edison was trained at 14 to be a telegraph operator. Later in life, he invented the automatic repeater and electric telegraph machine.
Thomas Edison was responsible for setting up the first electric light power station in the world. He did this in Lower Manhattan.
In 1878, with the assistance of several investors, Thomas Edison formed the Edison Electric Light Company in New York City.
Thomas Edison invented the modern tattoo machine.
Thomas Edison invented the alkaline storage battery.
Thomas Edison's invention of the stock ticker earned him his fortune early in his career.
There is an asteroid in space named the 742 Edisona, named after Thomas Edison.
The U.S. Navy named a Gleaves class destroyer after Thomas Edison in 1940. They named it the USS Edison.
As an adult, Thomas Edison went on camping trips with Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs.
Thomas Edison was awarded the Congressional gold medal in 1928 for all of his hard work and important inventions.
Thomas Edison was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame after he died. He was also inducted into the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame and he received a Technical Grammy Award, after his death.
Thomas Edison died on October 18th, 1931 due to diabetes complications. He was 84 years old.
In 1963 the National Park Service declared Thomas Edison's home and lab into a single national park. It is called the Edison National Historic Site.


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