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  (b. 11 February 1847 Milan, Ohio, USA   d. 18 October 1931 West Orange, New Jersey, USA )  

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Thomas Alva EDISON was born 11 February 1847 in Milan, Ohio, USA

Thomas Alva EDISON was the child of Samuel Ogden EDISON   and   Nancy MATTHEWS

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Thomas Alva  married  Mary Jane STILLWELL 25 December 1871 in Newark, New Jersey, USA .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Mary Jane STILLWELL  was born 6 September 1855 in New Jersey, USA.  Mary Jane died 9 August 1884 in Menlo Park, New Jersey, USA. 

Thomas Alva  married  (2) Mina MILLER 24 February 1886 in Akron, Ohio, USA .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. Mina MILLER  was born 6 July 1865 in Akron, Ohio, USA.  Mina died 24 August 1947

Thomas Alva EDISON died 18 October 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey, USA.

Occupation: American inventor and businessman

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Thomas Alva EDISON married flag female ancestor Mary Jane STILLWELL-- Date: 25 December 1871 Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Children of Thomas Alva EDISON and Mary Jane STILLWELL:

flag female ancestor Marion Estelle "Dot" EDISON (b.18 February 1872, , New Jersey, USA  d. 16 April 1965, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA )

flag male ancestor Thomas Alva EDISON (b.10 January 1876, Edison, New Jersey, USA   d. 25 August 1935, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA )

flag male ancestor William Leslie EDISON (b.3 October 1878, Menlo Park, New Jersey, USA  d. 10 August 1937, Wilmington, Delaware, USA)

Thomas Alva EDISON married flag female ancestor Mina MILLER-- Date: 24 February 1886 Place: Akron, Ohio, USA

Children of Thomas Alva EDISON and Mina MILLER:

flag female ancestor Madeleine EDISON (b.31 May 1888, Glenmont, New Jersey, USA  d. 14 February 1979, West Orange, New Jersey, USA)

flag male ancestor Charles EDISON (b.3 August 1890, West Orange, New Jersey, USA  d. 31 July 1969, Manhattan, New York, USA )

flag male ancestor Theodore Miller EDISON (b.10 July 1898, , New Jersey, USA  d. 25 November 1992, West Orange, New Jersey, USA)

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birth1847 Birth
11 February 1847
Milan, Ohio, USA

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Thomas Edison was one of the most prolific and influential inventors in history. Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Edison grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He didn't have a traditional education, but his mother, a former teacher, home-schooled him. Edison's insatiable curiosity and desire to learn led him to become a self-taught polymath.

Edison's journey into the world of inventions began at an early age. His first job was as a newsboy on a train, where he set up a small chemistry lab in the baggage car. He conducted experiments and even started his own newspaper, the Grand Trunk Herald. This entrepreneurial spirit and love for experimentation would define much of his later life.

In 1868, at the age of 21, Edison started working as a telegraph operator. This job not only provided him with a steady income but also exposed him to the world of electrical communication, sparking his interest in telegraphy and electrical engineering. Over the next few years, he worked on...Read MORE...

News1863 - November 19 – American Civil War: U. S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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1868 - Thomas Edison applies for his first patent, the electric vote recorder.
In October 1868, while working in Boston, Thomas Edison obtained his first patent for an invention called the “electrographic vote recorder”. This device allowed legislators to cast instant votes by tapping one of two switches—either signifying a “yes” or a “no” vote. The information was then transmitted via electric current to a main recorder, which tallied the votes into separate columns1. Unfortunately, this invention didn’t gain much interest from Congress, but it marked the beginning of Edison’s prolific career as an inventor.
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October 28, 1868

News1870 - June 26 - Christmas becomes a Federal holiday in the United States. It was still illegal in some states.
marriage1871 Marriage / Partner
Thomas Alva EDISON and Mary Jane STILLWELL 25 December 1871, Newark, New Jersey, USA

He was 24 years old.
1872 Birth of Child
Marion Estelle "Dot" EDISON was born 18 February 1872, , New Jersey, USA

Thomas Alva was 25 years old.
1876 Birth of Child
Thomas Alva EDISON was born 10 January 1876, Edison, New Jersey, USA (Raritan)

Thomas Alva was 28 years old.
1877 - Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record sound, considered Edison's first great invention. Edison demonstrates the device for the first time on November 29.
November 21, 1877
Thomas Edison announces his 'talking machine' invention (phonograph), the 1st machine to play and record sound.

The Phonograph.
The Scientific American contains the first announcement of what may be the most wonderful invention of the day - Edison's Phonograph. The Sun says that nothing could be more incredible than the likelihood of once more hearing the voice of the dead, yet the invention of the new instrument is said to render this possible. Hereafter it is true that the voice is stilled, but whoever has spoken or whoever may speak into the mouth-piece of the Phonograph and whose words are recorded by it has the assurance that his speech may be produced audibly in his own tones long after he himself has turned to dust. A strip of indented paper travels through the little machine and the sounds of the voice are magnified by it and positively sentenced and hence is heard as plainly as if it were presented speech.

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Cambridge Jeffersonian
Cambridge, Ohio
November 15, 1877
1878 Birth of Child
William Leslie EDISON was born 3 October 1878, Menlo Park, New Jersey, USA

Thomas Alva was 31 years old.
1879 - Incandescent light bulb is invented (Thomas Alva Edison, United States)
In the year 1879, a pivotal moment in technological advancement unfolded when Thomas Alva Edison, an industrious inventor from the United States, successfully developed the incandescent light bulb. This groundbreaking invention marked a significant leap forward in the realm of artificial illumination. Edison's design employed a carbon filament, which, when electrified, emitted a steady and reliable light, outlasting previous attempts at electric lighting. This innovation not only extended the hours of productive activity beyond sunset but also paved the way for the widespread adoption of electric power, fundamentally transforming daily life and industry. Edison's incandescent light bulb stands as a testament to human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of progress during the late 19th century.

Edison still claims that his electric light is a complete success, and says he can now furnish it at one-third the cost of gas, but he thinks that he can make the difference in price...Read MORE...

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1882 - September 4 - Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age.
On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in a new era by flipping the switch to activate the first commercial electrical power plant in history. Located in lower Manhattan, New York, this momentous event illuminated one square mile of the bustling cityscape, marking the dawn of the electrical age. Edison's plant, known as the Pearl Street Station, was a pioneering endeavor that demonstrated the feasibility and practicality of supplying electricity to urban areas for lighting and other purposes.
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September 4, 1882
1884 Death of Spouse/Partner
Mary Jane STILLWELL died 9 August 1884, Menlo Park, New Jersey, USA
marriage1886 Marriage / Partner
Thomas Alva EDISON and Mina MILLER 24 February 1886, Akron, Ohio, USA

He was 39 years old.
1888 Birth of Child
Madeleine EDISON was born 31 May 1888, Glenmont, New Jersey, USA

Thomas Alva was 41 years old.
1890 Birth of Child
Charles EDISON was born 3 August 1890, West Orange, New Jersey, USA

Thomas Alva was 43 years old.
1891 - The motion picture camera is invented (Thomas Alva Edison, William K.L. Dickson, United States)
It is to Reproduce a Picture of What Passes Before the Mechanical Eye - With the Phonograph the Invention Will Serve to Take the Opera Into the Parlor - A Rapid-Transit Road Under Broadway - General New York News.
NEW YORK, May 27. - (Special.) - From the laboratory of the Wizard of Menlo Park there is coming an invention which out-Edisons Edison. It is the marriage of the phonograph to the camera - the union in one instrument of sound and sight. With it the opera can be carried into the parlor and the artists cannot only be heard but can also be seen. The popular preacher, the eminent public speaker, with it all can be brought to the home.

The new wonder will be called the 'kinetograph,' a strange sounding title to the ear today, but destined perhaps soon to become as familiar as locomotive or telephone, both strange words in their infancy. Mr. Edison has been at work on this newest conception of his genius for...Read MORE...

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Chicago Daily Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
May 28, 1891
Thomas Alva EDISON - The Edison New Standard Phonograph Price $20 National Phonograph Co., New York  The Ladies Home Journal November 1898
The Edison New Standard Phonograph
Price $20
National Phonograph Co., New York

The Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898

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1898 Birth of Child
Theodore Miller EDISON was born 10 July 1898, , New Jersey, USA

Thomas Alva was 51 years old.
Invention In 1906, Reginald Fessenden made the first AM radio broadcast on December 24th. This event marked a significant advancement in radio technology, paving the way for the modern broadcasting industry.
News1929 - October 29 - Black Tuesday - Stock market crash - The Great Depression Begins - It lasted until 1941 (WW2)
death1931 Death
18 October 1931
West Orange, New Jersey, USA

He died at the age of 84.
Thomas Alva EDISON - Thomas A. Edison Vocational School
Thomas A. Edison Vocational School

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