February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931
Early Life of Thomas Edison
- Born in Milan, Ohio but moved to Michigan at the age of 7
- Went to school for a short time because he did so poorly. His mother taught him at home
- Worked as a "news butcher" selling fruits, snacks and newspapers at the train station
Was nicknamed AL by his friends because his middle name was Alva.
Worked as a telegrapher after his father taught him how to telegraph when he saved a child from being hit by a train
Was nicknamed the Wizard of Menlo Park because he built his research lab there.
- Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio on February 11, in 1847. His parents are Samuel and Nancy Elliott Edison.
- On Christmas Day Edison marries Mary Stilwell, who works in his Newark shop. They will have three children: daughter Marion and sons Thomas Alva, Jr., and William
- First wife died in 1884 and he remarried Mina Miller in 1886 and had three more children Madeleine, Charles and Theodore.
- Edison dies at his home, Glenmont, on October 18, at the age of 84