Thomas Edison

by Adam Case

Edison's Childhood and Teenage Years

Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was the last of 7 children and had 2 parents. He had ADHD, although not diagnosed back then, and loved to learn. He quit elementary school because it didn't teach him anything. When he was a kid, the civil war had just started, and was very against slavery and tried to get Lincoln elected by handing out flyers. Also, he did many science experiments as a kid and had set up a lab in his basement, although his mom didn't like that he brought dangerous chemicals into the house. Later, after his dad taught him morse code, he became a telegrapher. This helped give him money to help his parents, do experiments, and even go to college at Cooper Union.

Edison's Inventions

After college, he started inventing things. His most famous invention was a working, practical lightbulb. This allowed for a bright, long lasting light that could be toggled on/off. Soon many homes had electric lighting, and he became known as "the man who lit up the world". He also made many other things such as the phonograph, motion picture, vote recorders, and a type of cement, "Edison Portland Cement". He is regarded as one of the best inventors ever.


At 9 P.M. on Oct. 18th, 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey, Edison passed away of old age. He had left a great impact on the world, creating early versions of lighting, music players, and TVs. Without him, flatscreen TV, computers, MP3s, and all these things we take for granted might have not been possible. That is why Thomas Edison might be the best inventor ever.

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