He was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio; the seventh and last child of Samuel and Nancy Edison. When he was seven his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan and Edison livedthere until he struck out on his own at the age of sixteen. He had very little formal education as a child, attending school only for a few months. He was taught reading, writing, and arithmetic byhis mother, but was always a very curious child and taught himself much by reading on his own. This belief in self-improvement remained throughout his life.
Thomas Alva Edison is one of America's mostfamous inventors. Edison saw huge change take place in his lifetime. He was responsible for making many of those changes occur. His inventions created and contributed to modern night lights, movies,telephones, records and CDs. Edison was truly a genius.
In his lifetime, Edison patented 1,093 inventions, earning him the nickname "The Wizard of Menlo Park." The most famous of his inventions wasan incandescent light bulb, but, not everything Thomas Edison created was a success - he also had a few failures.
Edison's parents loved to read. They read to him works of good literature and history.They had many books that young Tom eagerly devoured. Before he was 12, he had read works by Dickens and Shakespeare, Edward Gibbon's fall of the Roman Empire and Decline, and more.
When Edison was12 years old, he took a job as a train boy on the Grand Trunk Railway. The train traveled from Port Huron, to Detroit, and back to Port Huron, all in one day. Thomas sold newspapers and candy topassengers. He also printed a weekly newspaper, the Weekly Herald. He spent all he earned on books and equipment for his chemical laboratory.
Edison had many ear problems throughout his childhood.When he was 15, a train accident injured his ears more. When he tried to jump on a moving train, a conductor grabbed the boy's ears to help pull him up. Thomas said he felt something snap inside his...