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He was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
Marriage!Edison married 16-year-old Mary Stilwell (1855–1884), whom he had met two months earlier; she was an employee at one of his shops. They had three children:
Marion Estelle Edison (1873–1965), nicknamed "Dot"
Thomas Alva Edison, Jr. (1876–1935), nicknamed "Dash"
William Leslie Edison (1878–1937) Inventor, graduate of the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale, 1900.
Electric lightThe first successful test was it lasted 13.5 hours.
Electric power distributionEdison founded the Edison Illuminating Company. The company established the first investor-owned electric utility in 1882 on Pearl Street Station, New York City.
Lost!Mary Edison died at age 29 of unknown causes: possibly from a brain tumor or a morphine overdose.
Marraige again!at the age of thirty-nine, Edison married the 20-year-old Mina Miller (1866–1947). She was the daughter of the inventor Lewis Miller, co-founder of the Chautauqua Institution and a benefactor of Methodist charities. They also had three children together:
Madeleine Edison (1888–1979),
Charles Edison (1890–1969), Governor of New Jersey (1941 – 1944),
Theodore Edison (1898–1992)
Death of the inventor