Edison's life

  • born

    He was Born at Milan, Ohio.
  • vacation

    Works as an operator in telegraph offices in various Midwest cities and conducts experiments with telegraph apparatus.
  • working career

    Works as an operator at the Western Union Telegraph Company's main office in Boston and receives support from local entrepreneurs for his electrical inventions.
  • His mother's death

    Edison's mother, Nancy, dies in Port Huron.
  • Marriage

    Marries Mary Stilwell.
  • his daughter's born

    Edison's first daughter, Marion Estelle ("Dot"), is born in Newark.
  • getting support

    He conceives electric pen and autographic press copying system.
  • His moving job

    He moves his business operations to 65 5th Avenue in New York City, where he daily advises the managers of the various Edison light companies.
  • his working years

    Forms the Thomas A. Edison Construction Department and spends the next year promoting and building central stations in the United States.
  • his study on telephone inventions

    He executes seventeen patent applications covering telegraph and telephone inventions.
  • experiments

    He conducts experiments on squirted cellulose filaments for incandescent lamps at the Edison Lamp Works; continues this work at the West Orange laboratory.
  • labarotary study

    He demonstrates the kinetoscope at the West Orange laboratory for the Federation of Women's Clubs.
  • failure in bank

    The bank panic of 1893 and the ensuing depression result in the discharging of numerous "old hands" and the suspension of many activities at the laboratory.
  • application

    He executes a patent application (U. S. Pat. 644,746) for the three-high crushing rolls in his ore milling process.
  • winter vacations

    Vacations with his family in Florida. The following year, visits Seminole Lodge, his winter home in Fort Myers, for the first time since 1887. Thereafter, takes frequent winter vacations in Fort Myers
  • introduction of his inventions

    Introduces "moulded" records commercially.
  • His work

    He consolidates the Edison Phonograph Works into Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
  • success of work

    He steps down as president of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., in favor of his son Charles; becomes chairman of the board.
  • illness

    Executes his last patent application (U.S. Patent 1,908,830)
  • his death

    Dies at Glenmont.