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  • Thomas A. Edison Elemenatary

    History of Name


    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. He was dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

    Edison is the third most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York.

    Although most of his life was devoted to his work, Edison was also a devoted family man.  Edison eventually died on October 18, 1931.

    Date Built and/or Occupied


    School Mascot


    The eagle is Thomas A. Edison Elementary’s school mascot.  The eagle has long been a symbol of strength and freedom in our country.  It exemplifies the far reaches and high standards that our students, our teachers, our school, and our community reach for. 

Last Modified on July 27, 2011