Thomas Edison

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
made by M.G. hr.3

Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio

and died October 18, 1931

Significant Events in History that Affected Thomas's Life

* World War 1

* Invention of the Airplane

Thomas' s Childhood

As a child Thomas's mind often wandered, because of this he only had 3 months of official schooling.  His mother taught him at home for the rest of his schooling. Thomas had scarlet fever and several inner ear infections as a child which caused him to be deaf.  Thomas sold candy, newspapers, fruits and vegetables as a kid, this is when his business ventures began.

People Who Influenced Edison's  Life

Thomas's mother greatly influenced him as well as Thomas Paine's, Age of Reason.

Unique Facts

1) Because of his work, Edison spent little time with his family and avoided socialization.

2) He wore dirty shirts and shabby working clothes.

3) Teachers thought Edison was "addled."

4) He saved a boy from a runaway train.

5) He had a tatoo of 5 dots on his left forearm.


* Invented the phonograph.

* Invented the motion picture camera.

* Invented the electric light bulb.

* Created the 1st industrial research lab.

* Holds 1,093 U.S. patents in his name.

Theme of Edisons's Life

Thomas Edison never gave up and strived to be successful.

Edison's words of advice and what he has taught me...

One of Thomas Edison's famous quotes was "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."  This has taught me to never give up, no matter how hard the struggle or how many times I fail. Always hold my head high and keep trying. Never give up.

Works Cited
Who Was Thomas Edison(paperbackbook) by: margret frith

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