Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American Inventor

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  • Thomas Edison is credited with holding 1,093 patents and is the only person in the US to ever have a patent granted every year for 65 consecutive years.
  • In 1868 Thomas Edison made his first patented invention, the Electrical Vote Recorder.
  • Thomas Edison historical phonograph recording – 1927 re-enactment of the first sound recording in 1877 – “Mary had lamb” (audio) CLICK HERE. 
  • At the age of 23, Edison made his first sale of an invention, a Universal Stock Ticker, to General Lefferts, the head of Gold and Stock Telegraph Company.
  • Edison’s patent for the Phonograph, or Speaking Machine, was filed December 24, 1877, and was issued within two months, February 19, 1878. The Phonograph is considered Edison’s most original invention.
  • Edison patented the Electric-Lamp in 1880. His business partners for the Electric Lamp eventually led to the formation of today’s General Electric Company, GE.
  • Edison success as an inventor grew out of his ability to pursue solutions that had market value. His legacy is founded on his keen entrepreneurial prowess. To view a thorough list of many of the Edison companies formed to research, develop and market Edison’s products: CLICK HERE. 
  • For more information on Edison’s Winter Estate, Rubber Laboratory and Edison Museum, please visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estate’s Website: CLICK HERE. 

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Noted Quotes by Thomas Edison

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“I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it.”

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

“I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there, than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.”

“The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness.”

“The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.”

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

“I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

“I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.”

“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

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Thomas and Mina Edison

Thomas and Mina Edison

According to Wikipedia, “Edison moved from Menlo Park after the death of his first wife, Mary, in 1884, and purchased a home known as “Glenmont” in 1886 as a wedding gift for his second wife, Mina, in Llewellyn Park in West Orange, New Jersey. In 1885, Thomas Edison had bought property in Fort Myers, Florida, and built what was later called Seminole Lodge as a winter retreat. Edison and Mina spent many winters at their home in Fort Myers, and Edison tried to find a domestic source of natural rubber.

Henry Ford, the automobile magnate, later lived a few hundred feet away from Edison at his winter retreat in Fort Myers, Florida. Edison even contributed technology to the automobile. They were friends until Edison’s death.

In 1928, Edison joined the Fort Myers Civitan Club. He believed strongly in the organization, writing that “The Civitan Club is doing things—big things—for the community, state, and nation, and I certainly consider it an honor to be numbered in its ranks.” He was an active member in the club until his death, sometimes bringing Henry Ford to the club’s meetings.”

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