Thomas Edison was always curious to know things. When someone answered "I don't know.", he asked "Why don't you know?". If they didn't know he was bound to find out soon. This is one of the many reasons Thomas was such a brilliant man.
Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on Feb. 11, 1847. He had a father named Samuel and a mother named Nancy. He also had six siblings.
When Thomas was about 24 he began to work as a telegraph operator. This job fascinated him.
When Thomas was thirty years old he married a wonderful woman named Mary Stilwell. She loved him and Thomas loved her. Thomas opened a laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. This was a very happy life for them.
In 1877 Thomas invented the phonograph. At this time he was a full time inventor. His inventions fascinated the world. They had never seen something that gave off light without burning a wick and using wax. Just two years later he invented the electric light bulb. By now the world was sure Thomas Alva Edison was a genius.
This happy life lasted only five more years, unfortunately. His wife, Mary, died in 1884. Thomas was heart broken.
In two years, 1886, Thomas met another woman who made him just as happy as Mary had, Mina Miller. They were happy together and married.
Just as things seemed to be going perfectly, disaster struck. In 1914, all of his creative inventions were burnt and ruined in a fire in his laboratory.
Thomas had lived a happy life, and he was happy. Only he knew time was running out. He knew that he had few years yet to live. He died on October 18, 1931, in West Orange, New Jersey. Forever we will remember Thomas Edison.
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