Here are a few things about Thomas Edison that you might not have known:
Edison’s father was an exiled political activist from Canada, while mom was an accomplished school teacher who home-schooled her child.
This inventor of the phonograph was nearly deaf as an adult. When Edison invented the electronic voting recorder for quickly tallying votes, Massachusetts lawmakers weren’t interested – they didn’t want votes tallied quickly.
He sold his rights to an improved stock ticker for $40,000, enough to become a full-time inventor. He designed a battery for the self-starter on the Model T for his friend, Henry Ford.