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Thomas Edison

Born: February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio
Died: October 18, 1931 (age 84), West Orange, New Jersey

Thomas Edison - Alan's FUN Trivia powerred by ABEThomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. 

Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

What do you know about Thomas Edison? Try this quick quiz.

1. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. What was the total of U.S. patents?

2. Edison's family was forced to move to Port Huron, Michigan, when the railroad bypassed Milan in 1854, but his life there was bittersweet. He sold candy and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit, as well as vegetables that he sold to supplement his income. True or False?

3. How did Edison became a telegraph operator?

4. His first patent was U. S. Patent 90,646 which was granted on June 1, 1869. What was the patent of?

5. On December 25, 1871, Edison married Mary Stilwell, whom he had met two months earlier as she was an employees at one of his shops. How old was Mary?

6. Mary Edison died on August 9, 1884. On February 24, 1886, at the age of thirty nine, Edison married 20-year-old Mina Miller in Akron, Ohio. How many children did Edison have from both marriages?

7. After many experiments with platinum and other metal filaments, Edison returned to a carbon filament. The first successful test was on October 22, 1879. How long did the test last?

8. He was buried at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey, with Mina, his second wife buried beside him upon her death. In 1963, the remains of both were exhumed from Rosedale Cemetery. Where is Thomas A. Edison buried?


Check Your Answer

1. 1,093 U.S. patents

2. True

3. Edison became a telegraph operator after he saved three-year-old Jimmie MacKenzie from being struck by a runaway train. Jimmie's father, station agent J.U. MacKenzie of Mount Clemens, Michigan, was so grateful that he trained Edison as a telegraph operator.

4. the electric vote recorder

5. 16 years old

6. Six children

7. 40 hours

Angels on your pillow8. Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, New Jersey

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