Saturday, February 06, 2010
Thomas Alva Edison was my hero when growing up, a very poor deaf boy inventing and creating new industries. But I didnt know that his father was also exceptional. Samuel Ogden Edison (pic)was born on August 16, 1804 in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada. He married Nancy Elliott in 1828; she suffered from mental illness. Three weeks after Nancy's death in 1871, Edison Sr. at the youngish age of 67 started a new relationship with his 16-year-old housekeeper, Mary Sharlow. During their twenty years together they had three daughters. Samuel died in 1896 at the age of 92. "I am a master of smoking, drinking and gambling, " he claimed. "I have smoked and drank whisky moderately when I needed it, and have known to let it alone." A genius.