Thomas Edison's Life

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Thomas Edison's Life

After spending 12 weeks in a noisy one-room schoolhouse Tom's overworked and short-tempered teacher lost patience with Tom's persistent questioning and self-centered behavior. His mother pulled Tom out of school and she started to home school him. Tom went to a college called the Copper Union. At the Copper Union he took a chemistry course. He also learns from reading R.G. School of Natural Philosophy.

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 to middle-class parents in the bustling port of Milan, Ohio. In 1854, his family moved to the vibrant city of Port Huron, Michigan. His father was Samuel Ogden Edison Jr. and his mother is Nancy Matthews Elliott. In his family he had six other siblings. His brother's names were William Pitt Edison, Charlie Snow Edison, and Samuel Ogden the third. His sister's names are Marion Wallace Edison, Harriet Ann Edison, and Eliza Smith Edison.

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His mother liked to teach her son about the "Three Rs" and the Bible. His father encouraged him to read the great classics giving him 10 cents for each great classic he finished. Tom started to publish his own small newspaper, called the Grand Trunk Herald. He sold newspapers, snacks, and candy on the local railroad; he also started an entirely seperate business selling fruits and vegetables.

On December 25, 1871, Edison married 16-year old Mary Stilwell. They had three children together named Marion Estelle Edison (1873-1965), Thomas Alva Edison, Jr. (1876-1935), and William Leslie Edison (1878-1937). On August 9, 1884, his wife Mary died at age 29 for an unknown reason. On February 24, 1886, at the age of thirty-nine, Edison married 20-year old Mina Miller (1866-1947) in Akron, Ohio. They had three children together named Madeleine Edison (1888-1979), Charles Edison (1890-1969), and Theodore Edison (1898-1992).

In 1869, Thomas Edison moved to New York City and developed his first invention, an improved stock ticker. The Gold and Stock telegraph Company was so impressed, they paid him $40,000 for the rights. In 1912, he designed a battery for self-starter on the Model T for a friend, Henry Ford. The awards he got were the Congressional Gold Medal, John Scott Legacy Madal and Premium, Techinical Grammy Award, John Fritz Medal, Grammy Trustees Award, Rumford Prize, and the Edward Longstreth Medal.

Thomas Edison in the last two years of his life suffered from a number of ailments, also from diabetes and a stomach ulcer. In August of 1931, he collapsed at his home "Glenmont". He later died on October 18, 1931 at the age of eighty-four. The evening of October 21 at request of President Herbert Hoover, Americans turned off their lights at ten in the evening for 1 minute all over the United State. There was darkness in honor of Thomas Alva Edison, the man who lit up the world.

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  • mk12411 8 years ago

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