Friday, February 11, 2011 | By: Sherlock

Did You Know Today Was National Inventors' Day?

Not many do! In honor of National Inventors' Day, I thought I'd discuss a fun fact about a very well-known inventor!

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison most known for his invention of the long-lasting electric light bulb. If it were not for Thomas Edison, we still might be a few decades behind in technological research. Not many people know about the past of Thomas Edison and his parents, either.. except maybe all the other nerdy genealogists like us!

Thomas Edison was born on 11 Feb 1847 in Milan, Ohio, to Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and his wife Nancy Matthews Elliott. Thomas' father Samuel was an immigrant to America from Canada. He had to leave Canada because he had taken part in the extremely unsuccessful Mackenzie Rebellion in 1837 and 1838. If it were not for this rebellion, Thomas Edison may not have been born!

What's your secret?


Janice said...

"might still be" are the key words. Not to take away from Thomas Edison's genius as he was. But he was also wonderful at buying patents of other people who were also researching electricity, lighting and other uses. He bought patents from this man, Professor Moses Gerrish Farmer.


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