Thomas Edison

Inventor

Birthday February 11, 1847

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Milan, OH

DEATH DATE Oct 18, 1931 (84)

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About

He invented early versions of the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, and became a legend for contributions to telecommunications and industry. With 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, he is considered the fourth most prolific inventor in history.

Before Fame

He sold candy, newspapers, and vegetables to train passengers who were going from Port Huron to Detroit.

Trivia

His favorite movie was The Birth of a Nation and he felt that the invention of sound in film had ruined the medium.

Family Life

He got married to Mary Stilwell on December 25, 1871, and later married Mina Miller on February 24, 1886. His children include Madeleine Edison, Theodore Miller Edison, and Charles Edison.

Associated With

He became close friends with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.