The early life of Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born February 11, 1847, in Milan Ohio. He was born to his parents, Samuel Edison and Nancy

Edison. Edison was the youngest of seven children. His siblings were Marion, William, Callie, Harriet, Samuel and Eliza.

By the age of seven his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. Edison was not considered a bright kid in school. Because of

this he went to school for a while, but his mainline of teaching came from his mother starting at age 10. While being taught by

his mother he became very interested in reading books, which gave him the want to make a laboratory. His parents allowed this

want of his and this is where Edison began his experimenting.

Family and later life

On December 25, 1872 at the age of 24, Thomas Edison married woman named Mary Stilwell. Together they had 3 children together

they where; Marion, Thomas and William Edison. Two years after his first wife died in 1884 he remarried Mina Miller, who was 19 years

of age. They also had 3 children together which were; Madeleine, Charles and Theodore Edison. To get his laboratory to use Edison paid

a group of scientist to think of inventions and see if the inventions would even work. The system worked out pretty well that other

companies would start to do it too. Because of Edison’s group in Melno Park today every company and university in the world has a research


What did he invent?

Thomas Edison is mostly known from inventing the light bulb but there are a lot of many inventions that he has created in his day. Here goes a timeline on what Edison invented and the year in which they were created.

He invented and made:
1868: Automatic vote recorder for legislatures.
1869: Several telegraph devices.
1874: The quadruplex telegraph for Western Union Company, it transmitted four messages simultaneously.
1875: The electric pen
1877: The phonograph
1879: A direct current generator for incandescent electric lighting and the carbon filament lamp.
1882-1883: He designed and contracted for the first three-wire central station for distributing electric light, power, and heat
1886: Graphophone
1881 - 1887: A system of wireless telegraphy, “by induction” to and from trains in motion, or between moving trains and railway stations
1887 - 1890: Made major improvements on the brown wax and black wax cylinder phonograph
1891: Made a number of inventions associated with improving electric railways. And the motion picture camera
1891 - 1900: He developed his great iron ore enterprise
1905: A revolutionary new type of dictating machine, it enabled the dictator to hear repetitions and make paper scale corrections
1907: The Universal Electric Motor
1900 - 1909: Important inventions relating to the processes involved in the production of pre-cast buildings
1900 - 1910: The steel alkaline storage battery
1910 - 1914: The diamond point reproducer and the indestructible record
1912: The Kinetophone
1913: An important automatic correction device
1914: The Telescribe
1915: The first synthetic form of carbolic acid (C6H6O).

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