Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. In 1854, they moved to Port Huron, Michigan. His first job was selling newspapers and candy on the Grand Trunk Railway. It was in 1859. Edison then began work as a telegraph operator in Michigan. Then he took the job for the Grand Trunk Railway in Ontario. Then he moved back to the US on 1863 and took the jog again from city to city.
Thomas received a patent for his first invention the electric voting machine. Then in 1870, he opened his first shop in Newark, NJ. Thomas met Mary Stilwell and they got married in 1871 on December 25. His first kid was born on January 10. He had Thomas' same name. He invented the phonograph then he made the electric light bulb that lasted 13 hours in 1878. He discovered Phenomenon wich was later called the "Edison Effect." Before he made the bulb he had a son named William Leslie in 1878.
In 1881, he created the Edison Electric Lamp Co. Sadly his wife Mary died in 1884. Then he married his second wife in 1886. She was named Mina Miller. Madeleine was then born May 31, 1888. He then made dolls with very tiny cylinders to make them talk, but the company soon ended. He had his fourth kid that was born on August 3, 1890. His name was Charles. In 1894, Edison declared bankrupcy on the phonograph company. Amazingly, his fifth child, Theodore Miller, was born on July 10, 1898. Sadly, he died on October 18, at the age of 84.