Timeline Description: Thomas Edison was a famed inventor. One of his biggest inventions was his method of harnessing electricity. This is a timeline of his life and achievements.
|1847||Thomas Edison is born
Thomas Edison was born in Ohio on February 11. His family later moved to Michigan.
|1859||Thomas sets up one of his first chemistry labs
As a boy, Thomas Edison worked with the Grand Trunk Railroad. He set up his very own chemistry lab on board the train.
|1867||Thomas Edison begins his first of many experiments
Throughout the Civil War Thomas worked as a wire operator. He became familiar with the telegraph instruments and started experimenting with them.
|1868||Thomas Edison files his first patent
After beginning work with Western Union, Thomas invented an automatic vote recorder. He filed his very first patent for this machine.
|1870||Edison becomes a full time inventor
He moved to New Jersey and used all of his money and time to work on new inventions. He invented several stock market machines during this time.
|1871||Thomas Edison gets married to Mary Stillwell
Mary was one of Thomas's employees in New Jersey. They were married on Christmas Day.
|1874||A new invention for Western Union
Thomas invented a new telegraph system for Western Union that could send four telegraphs at once.
|1875||Edison invents the first version of a copy machine
Thomas called his invention the electric pen. It was an early form of a copy machine.
|1877||Thomas invents the phonograph
Thomas invented the phonograph, which played music. He later improved the phonograph, and made it cheap enough for the general public to afford.
|1877||The carbon transmitter is invented
Thomas Edison invented the carbon transmitter, which was used in the telephone and helped it work much better. The carbon discovery helped pave the way for Edison's most well-known invention.
|1879||Edison invents the carbon-powered lamp
Using the power of carbon, Edison invented a lamp that lit without the use of oil and fire.
|1880||Edison works toward widespread electricity
Thomas opened an industrial park to figure out how to spread electricity to the public.
|1883||Electricity goes public
Edison moved across the east, helping cities to install electricity for the people.
|1892||General Electric is established
Thomas Edison merged his electric company with The Thomson-Houston Company to form General Electric.
|1900||Thomas Edison invents the battery
Thomas began working on a way to store energy for use when electricity wasn't available. He eventually came up with the battery.
|1931||Thomas Edison dies
Thomas Edison died on October 18, and the country dimmed their lights in his honor on the day of his funeral. Thomas's inventions changed the way our world worked, and he gave us some of our most prized conveniences-electricity, batteries, and even a way to listen to music!