Thomas Edison Trivia Quiz Questions
Who was Thomas Alva Edison?
A: Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman.
Where was Thomas Edison born?
A: In Milan, Ohio.
Where did Thomas grow up?
A: In Port Huron, Michigan.
He was the seventh and last child of whom?
A: Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott.
In school, the young Edison's mind often wandered, and his
teacher, the Reverend Engle, was overheard calling him what?
This ended Edison's what?
A: Three months of official schooling.
Edison's mother taught him at home, and much of his
education came from reading what?
A: R.G. Parker's School of Natural Philosophy and The Cooper Union.
Edison developed what kind of health problems at an early
Edison's family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, after what?
A: The railroad bypassed Milan in 1854 and business declined.
He also studied qualitative analysis, and conducted
chemical experiments on the
train until what happened?
A: An accident prohibited further work of the kind.
Edison, with the aid of four assistants, set in type and
A: The Grand Trunk Herald.
This began Edison's long streak of what?
A: Entrepreneurial ventures, as he discovered his talents as a businessman.
These talents eventually led him to found how many
companies, including General Electric, which is still one of the largest
publicly traded companies in the world?
Edison became a telegraph operator after he did what?
A: He saved three-year-old Jimmie MacKenzie from being struck by a runaway train.
Jimmie's father, station agent J.U. MacKenzie of Mount
Clemens, Michigan, was so grateful that he did what?
A: He trained Edison as a telegraph operator.
Edison's first telegraphy job away from Port Huron was
A: At Stratford Junction, Ontario, on the Grand Trunk Railway.
At the age of 19, Edison moved to where?
A: Louisville, Kentucky.
As an employee of Western Union, he worked the Associated
Press bureau what?
A: News wire.
Edison requested the night shift, which allowed him plenty
of time to spend at his two favorite pastimes, which were what?
A: Reading and experimenting.
Eventually, the latter pre-occupation cost him what?
A: His job.
One night in 1867, he was working with a
when he spilled what?
A: Sulfuric acid onto the floor.
It ran between the floorboards and onto what?
A: His boss's desk below.
The next morning Edison was what?
One of his mentors during those early years was a fellow
telegrapher and inventor with what name?
A: Franklin Leonard Pope.
Pope allowed the impoverished youth to live and work
A: In the basement of his Elizabeth, New Jersey, home.
Some of Edison's earliest inventions were related to what?
A: Telegraphy, including a stock ticker.
His first patent was for a what?
A: An electric vote recorder, (U.S. Patent 90,646).
On December 25, 1871, who did Edison marry?
A: 16-year-old Mary Stilwell, whom he had met two months earlier.
She was an employee at what?
A: One of his shops.
How many children did they have?
What were the names of his three children?
A: Marion Estelle Edison, Thomas Alva Edison, and William Leslie Edison.
Mary Edison died at age 29 on August 9, 1884, of what?
A: Unknown causes: possibly from a brain tumor or a morphine overdose.
On February 24, 1886, at the age of thirty-nine, Edison
A: The 20-year-old Mina Miller in Akron, Ohio.
She was the daughter of whom?
A: The inventor Lewis Miller, co-founder of the Chautauqua Institution and a benefactor of Methodist charities.
Edison and Mina had how many children together?
What were their names?
A: Madeleine Edison, Charles Edison, and Theodore Miller Edison.
Mina outlived Thomas Edison, dying on what date?
A: August 24, 1947.