A great inventor,
Thomas Alva Edison, was born in Milan, Ohio on February 11,
1847.his mother’s name was Nancy Edison, and his father’s name was Samuel
Edison .Thomas Edison’s mother was a teacher and a daughter of a minister. Thomas’ father
owned a mill and made wood shingles. Thomas was the seventh and the last child Nancy
Edison gave birth to .The Edisons moved to Port Huron, Michigan in 1854. Thomas was very curious. He got very sick and
had scarlet fever he didn’t start school until he was eight years old. The
school he went to had only one room and was taught by a reverend and his wife.
Thomas’ mom got Thomas out of school because his teacher called Thomas
something bad. His mother taught him things he should have been learning in
school. A few years later Thomas started experimenting with chemicals in his
room. In 1858 turned 11 years old.
When Thomas was 11,
he started working out side with chemicals. A few months later Thomas started
to like the invention of the telegraph made by Samuel F.B Morse. In 1858 Thomas
made his own telegraph set, and stretched the wire to his friend’s house a half
mile away. One year later, in 1859, a railroad line opened connecting Port Huron with Detroit. Thomas got a job
as the “candy butcher” on the train. One day Thomas missed the train and the
conductor pulled Thomas up by his ear and something cracked.
Thomas started loosing his hearing.
He found out his deafness was caused by his scarlet fever.
started doing experiments on the train. One day he dropped a chemical on the
train and it caused small fire. The conductor put it out. In 1861 the civil war
broke out and Thomas started selling newspapers about it. In 1862 Thomas did an
amazing thing by saving a kid’s life, and as a reward Thomas got taught
1863 Edison started being a part-time telegraph operator in Port Huron. In 1896 he made a
big decision and became a full time inventor. Thomas Alva Edison married one of his employees on
December 25 1871. Thomas’ wife had three children named William Leslie, Thomas
Alva, Jr. and Marion Estelle. Thomas called William dot and Thomas Alva, Jr. Dash.
Thomas’ poor mother died in 1871. After Thomas’ mother’s death Thomas’ 29 year
old wife died. To prevent his loneliness he got married again to Mina Miller on
February 24, 1886. Thomas’ wife had the same number of children as his first
wife. In 1914 a fire destroyed Thomas’ lab. His best friend Henry Ford helped
rebuild the lab. After all the great inventing sadly 84 year old Thomas Edison
died on October 18, 1931 in Llewellyn Park, New Jersey.
knows Thomas Edison for the light bulb, but that is not the only reason why he
is famous. Thomas Edison had a lab in Menlo Park. On June 1 1868 he was granted his first patent for an electric vote recorder. Thomas
decided to open a company called Consolidated Edison (Con-Ed). In 1879 Thomas made one
more invention and called it the phonograph. It was a special invention because
you needed to hear the phonograph and Thomas Edison was deaf. In 1879 Thomas
Edison made an important part of the light bulb called the carbon filament. In
1880 Edison hired a larger staff to help him invent. In 1887 Mr. Edison moved his
lab to West Orange, NJ. Thomas Edison was known all over Menlo Park for his inventions
as the “Wizard of Menlo Park...”
Edison had an impact on people by his inventions. In 1870 he invented an
electric printing telegraph. Also in 1870 he made the telegraph transmitting
instrument. It helped people by recording the dots and the dashes so they wouldn’t
have to remember them. One year later he invented the telegraphic recording instrument,
so people would be safe.
Edison’s life was remarkable and admirable because he was a full time inventor.
He also he also invented more then 34 useful inventions. Thomas Edison was granted more than 200
patents for telegraph things. He made people’s lives easier by inventing the
light bulb so they wouldn’t have to waste oil for the lamps and their houses
wouldn’t catch on fire. He was the greatest inventor because he only invented
helpful thongs light bulb. His final admirable thing was he had the greatest
industrial leader in history because he had a company that was enormous, made a
lot of money a year, and never ran out of business.