Thomas Alva Edison

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  • Edison was born as a cute baby

    Edison was born as a cute baby
    1847 Born on February 11th at Milan, Ohio.
  • Moved, first move

    1854 Moved to Port Huron, Mich.
  • He set up chemical lab

    1857 Set up a chemical laboratory in the cellar of his home.
  • Edison became news boy

    1859 Became a newsboy and "candy butcher" on the trains of the Grand Trunk Railway, running between Port Huron and Detroit.
  • Strung a telegraph line from the Port Huron railway station to Port Huron village

    1862 Strung a telegraph line from the Port Huron railway station to Port Huron village and worked in the local telegraph office.
  • Saved - from otherwise certain death in a train accident

    Saved - from otherwise certain death in a train accident
    1862 Saved - from otherwise certain death in a train accident - the young son of J. U. Mackenzie, station agent at Mount Clemens, Mich. In gratitude, the child's father taught him telegraphy.
  • Edison printed the weekly herald

    1862 Printed and published "The Weekly Herald," the first newspaper ever to be typeset and printed on a moving train. The London Times features a story on him and his paper, giving him his first exposure to international notoriety.
  • Obtained his first position as a regular telegraph operator on the Grand Trunk Railway.

    1863 Obtained his first position as a regular telegraph operator on the Grand Trunk Railway at Stratford Junction, Canada. Later, is resigned by them to help develop a duplex system of telegraphy
  • Spent nearly five years as a telegraph "tramp operator" in various cities of the Central Western states

    1863-1868 Spent nearly five years as a telegraph "tramp operator" in various cities of the Central Western states, always experimenting with ways to improve the apparatus.