What Jobs Did Thomas Edison Have?

What Jobs Did Thomas Edison Have?

What Jobs Did Thomas Edison Have?

Thomas Alva Edison, famed American inventor and holder of 1,093 U.S. patents, sold newspapers, published his own newspaper and worked as a telegraph operator prior to becoming a full-time inventor and entrepreneurial businessman. He began selling newspapers at age 12 and worked as a telegraph operator from 15 to 22.

When Edison was 22 years old, he sold one of his inventions for $40,000, quit his telegraph operator job and devoted himself to inventing full-time. He built an independent industrial research facility with machine shops and laboratories. After patenting the light bulb in 1880, Edison started a company, the Edison Illuminating Company, to deliver the electricity to power his light bulbs. This utility company later became the General Electric Corporation.