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Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thomas Alva Edison

February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931

 
 
Thomas Alva Edison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
1. Thomas Alva Edison Marker
Inscription. Named the 20th century “Man of the Millennium” by LIFE Magazine, Thomas Alva Edison is best known for perfecting a commercially viable incandescent light bulb. However, Edison was also a newspaper printer, telegrapher, inventor, businessman, boss, husband, father and friend.

During his remarkable career, Edison was awarded 1,093 United States patents and is the only person granted a patent every year for 65 consecutive years. His purpose for invention was to “transform middle class life.” He discovered an astounding number of commercial applications for ordinary materials and agricultural products. Although his favorite invention was the phonograph, his work spanned improvements to the telegraph, light bulb, generator and motors, movie-making, batteries, cement, and a domestic source of rubber, one of his primary research focuses in southwest Florida.

From his first visit in 1885 to his last stay in Fort Myers in 1931, Edison created a remarkable estate that included areas for his research, as well as family and social actives. His love of Florida included pastimes like fishing, boating, reading, trip to town, and exploring the tropical paradise that Edison affectionately referred to as his “Eden”.

Edison famous quote, “there is only one Fort Myers and soon 90
Thomas Alva Edison Statue image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
2. Thomas Alva Edison Statue
million Americans will discover it” has proven true, for thousands of national, international and Florida residents visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates every year.

This Statue of Thomas Edison was donated by Estates patron Darilyn Alderman and created by sculptor D.J. Wilkins in 2004.
 
Location. 26° 38.024′ N, 81° 52.782′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is standing next to a tree near the Edison Museum & Ticket Office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mina Miller Edison (here, next to this marker); Edison Heritage Garden (here, next to this marker); Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (about 300 feet away); Clara Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (about 300 feet away); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (about 300 feet away); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Also see . . .
Edison at the Botanic Research Lab in Fort Myers image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
3. Edison at the Botanic Research Lab in Fort Myers
 Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 23, 2015.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Thomas and Mina Edison image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
4. Thomas and Mina Edison
Edison, Fort, John Burroughs and families camping in the Florida Everglades. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
5. Edison, Fort, John Burroughs and families camping in the Florida Everglades.
Edisons Projecting Kinetoscope image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
6. Edisons Projecting Kinetoscope
Edison Stanard Phonograph image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
7. Edison Stanard Phonograph
Edison Voicewriters image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
8. Edison Voicewriters
Edison Radio Receiver
Thomas Alva Edison Family History image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
9. Thomas Alva Edison Family History
Thomas Elva Edison was born February 11, 1847 at Milan Ohio, the son of Samuel, Jr. and Nancy Elliot Edison. Sam had been a Native of Nova Scotia of part English, part Dutch ancestry. Nancy was a teacher and the daughter of a Baptist minister in Vienna, Ontario, where she and Sam met. Thomas Edison married his first wife Mary Stillwell in 1871. After being married for only 13 years Mary died at the age of 29. There were 3 children, Marion, Thomas Jr and William, none of them had any children. In 1886 Edison married his second wife, Mina Miller, in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. The couple honeymooned in Ft. Myers, Fl. The children from this marriage were Madeleine, Charles and Theodore. Madeleine provided the only grandchildren, Thomas (Ted), John (Jack), Peter and Michael Sloane.
Thomas Alva Edison Statue and Trees image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
10. Thomas Alva Edison Statue and Trees
<i>The Late Thomas A. Edison at Telegraph Key, on his 83rd Birthday, Fort Myers, Florida</i> image. Click for full size.
February 11, 1930
11. The Late Thomas A. Edison at Telegraph Key, on his 83rd Birthday, Fort Myers, Florida
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   11. submitted on . • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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