Index to the Biography of Thomas Edison

The Story of Thomas Edison from Frances M. Perry, “The Story of Thomas A. Edison" In Four American Inventors: A Book for Young Americans, New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: American Book Company, 1901.

  1. Thomas A. Edison, The Yearly Years
    Often in America, the children of humble parents have become distinguished men. Some have gained respect by their wise management of public affairs; some are honored because they led our armies to victory; and some are admired by reason of the beautiful stories and poems which they have written. A few men have earned the gratitude of the people by adding to the comfort and happiness of everyday life through their wonderful inventions.
  2. Thomas A. Edison: Youthful Business Ventures
    Young Edison was just the person to enjoy a train boy's life. He was fitted to make a success of the business. Forward and self-confident, he had a pleasant, jovial manner, which made him popular with strangers. He. was quick-witted enough to say just the thing about his wares to amuse or interest the passengers. And he sold enough newspapers and sweetmeats to clear a good profit.
  3. Thomas A. Edison – Self-Taught Education
    A boy who writes his ideas for others to read is pretty sure to be interested in reading what others have written. This was the case with Edison. He realized that there was a good deal in books that was worth knowing. He had no one to guide him in selecting his 'reading, but that did not trouble him. Life seemed long, and books were very little things. There was surely time enough for an industrious person to read them all. He determined to begin with the Free Library of Detroit.
  4. Thomas A. Edison: A Change of Business - Telegraph Operator
    Edison took up his train duties promptly, without any evidence of ill feeling towards the conductor who had treated him so harshly. A few weeks after that unpleasant occurrence, the train stopped one morning at Mount Clemens, to take on some freight cars, which were waiting on the sidetrack.
  5. Thomas A. Edison: The Boy Telegraph Operator
    Edison worked faithfully in his new position. He did extra work and did it well. But he waited in vain for the extra pay that had been promised him for taking long reports and working out of hours. When he found that the man who employed him did not keep his word, he gave up his position. Mr. Mackenzie soon got him a situation as night operator at Stratford, in Canada.
  6. Thomas A. Edison: Telegrapher and Inventor
    Edison was not a dreamer. He may have had vague notions of doing something great in the distant future, but they did not interfere with the accomplishment of his practical, definite ideas. Having become a telegraph operator, his modest ambition was to be a good one. More than that, he wanted to be able to receive "press reports." That is, he wanted to be able to work so fast that he could handle the long dispatches sent to the newspapers.
  7. Thomas A. Edison: Heading East To Boston
    Edison had a friend in Boston. This man urged him to come east. He said that he would receive a better salary and have greater opportunities for study and invention. When a vacancy occurred in the Boston office, he recommended Edison for the place. And so it happened that when Edison was twenty-one years old, he was called to the great city of Boston.
  8. Thomas A. Edison: New York Inventor and Electrician
    Edison's stay in Boston had been pleasant and profitable in many ways, but he felt more and more that New York, the great center of the American business world, was the city of opportunity.
  9. Thomas A. Edison: Inventor and Manufacturer
    Edison opened a large laboratory and factory in Newark, New Jersey. There he employed three hundred men to assist him in his experiments and to make the contrivances, which he invented.
  10. Thomas A. Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park
    It is probable that when Edison opened his laboratory at Newark he felt that it would be some time before he outgrew that. In 1876, however, his work as an inventor had developed so wonderfully that he decided to give up manufacturing and devote his time wholly to inventing.
  11. Thomas A. Edison: Some of His Great Inventions
    While numerous small inventions were thought of, made, and patented in an almost incredibly short space of time, you must not think that Edison never had any hindrances or difficulties. There were inventions on which he and his assistants labored for years, spending tens of thousands of dollars before reaching satisfactory results.
  12. Thomas A. Edison: A New Laboratory in Orange, New Jersey
    In 1886, a new laboratory was built at Orange, New Jersey. This laboratory is so large that it makes its famous predecessor at Menlo Park seem small and insignificant, by comparison. The equipment is complete for carrying on all sorts of experiments from those relating to the kinetograph to those in connection with the magnetic-ore separator.
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