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  • Thomas Alva Edison was born in February, 11th 1847 in Milan, Ohio and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan.
  • He was the seventh and last child of Samuel Odgen Edison Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. 
  • He was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. 
  • On December 25, 1871, at the age of 24, he married a 16 year old Mary Stilwell, they had three children: Marion Estelle, Thomas Alva Edison Jr and William Leslie Edison. Mary Edison died at age 29, on August 9, 1884, possibly from a brain tumor or a morphine overdose. 
  • On  February 24, 1886, at the age of 39, Edison married the 20 year old Mina Miller in Akron, Ohio. They had also three children: Madeleine Edison,  Charles Edison and Theodore Miller Edison. Mina outlived Thomas Edison, dying  on August 24, 1947.
  • Edison died of complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931. 
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