Marriage/Spouse Mary Stilwell After her death, Edison married Mina Miller.
Children 6 children – three by each wife Marion Estelle ,Thomas Alva Jr., William Leslie, Madeleine, Charles, Theodore Miller
Education Very little formal education Home schooled by his mother
Career Telegrapher and inventor
Reason for Fame First patent – telegraph First invention – Tin foil phonograph Edison profoundly affected the technology of modern society. Thomas Edison graced the world with over 1,000 inventions; he had 1,093 successful U.S. patents. He had filed an estimated 500-600 unsuccessful or abandoned patent applications as well.
Additional Information Edison’s greatest challenge was the development of a practical incandescent, electric light. He didn’t invent the light bulb, but rather he improved upon a 50-year-old idea.