Love as said is a beautiful thing and everyone deserves to be loved. This article talks about the love story between Thomas Edison the famous inventor and businessman, and his second wife Mina Miller.
Who is Thomas Edison?
Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman born on 11th February 1847. He was born in Milan, Ohio in the United States. He died at age 84 in West Orange, New Jersey in the US. He was American. Thomas was the seventh and last born of his parents. He was born to Samuel Ogden Edison Jr and Nancy Matthews Elliott. Thomas married Mary Stilwell and after her death, he married Mina Miller.
He had 6 children Thomas was famous because of the inventions he made. Thomas Edison was awarded a Ph.D. from Union College in 1878. He was known for the Edison effect, Edison light bulb, Edison screw, Edison’s phonograph doll, Edison’s electric pen, Edisonian approach, Edison-Lalande cell, Acoustic telegraphy, Carbomicrophone, Etheric force, Fluoroscopy, Electric power distribution, Grasshopper telegraphy, Kinetoscope, Nickel-iron battery, Phonograph, Phono motor, Tasimeter, War of the currents and Nickel-iron battery.
Thomas Edison Awards
1878: He was an honorary Ph.D. from Union College.
1879: He was named Chevalier in the Legion.
1881: He was nominated with the distinction of an Officer of the Legion of Honor.
1887: He won the Matteucci Medal.
1889: He was made Commander and was awarded the John Scott Medal.
1890: He gained membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
1899: He received the Edward Longstreth Medal of The Franklin Institute.
1904: At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair, Thomas was designated an Honorable Consulting Engineer.
1908: Thomas was awarded the John Fritz Medal by the American Association of Engineering Societies.
1915: He was awarded by the Franklin Institute the Franklin Medal for his contributions to the development of industries and the safety of humanity.
1920: He was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal by the United States Navy.
1923: He received the Edison Medal created by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
1927: He became a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
1928: Thomas received the Congressional Gold Medal.
1983: The US congress named Thomas’ birthday National Inventor’s Day.
1997: He was placed first on the list of 100 Most Important People in the Last 1000 years.
2005: He was named the 15th greatest in a TV series called The Greatest American.
2008: Thomas was honored in the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
2010: He received a Technical Grammy Award.
2011: He was declared a Great Floridian by the governor and cabinet of Florida. He was also honored in the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame.
Who is Mina Miller?
Mina Miller was born in Akron, Ohio on 8th July 1895. She was a Fort Myers, Florida-based community organizer who championed the usage of public spaces and educational activities. She was born to Lewis Miller an inventor and industrialist and Mary Valinda.She65 was the 7th born among 11 children.
Mina enjoyed her summers at Chautauqua at age 9 until she married Thomas Edison. She is famous for being the second wife of the great inventor Thomas Edison. She attended Ms. Johnson’s Finishing Seminary in Boston after her high school education in 1883. Mina married Edward Everett Hughes four years after the death of her husband Thomas Edison.
She settled with Hughes in the home of the Edison family. When Hughes died In 1940, she began using the Edison name. She had 3 children with Thomas Edison. She died on 24th August 1947 in Glenmont, New Jersey in the United States.
Mina Miller Achievements
Mina was very active in the social and civic affairs of West Orange, New Jersey, and Fort Myer, Florida. She was very good at what she does and left a record behind was also a member of the Chautauqua Association, the John Burroughs Association, the National Audubon Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mina also played a leading role in educating Lee County’s “colored” children.
In 1907, she joined the Playground Association of America which is now known as the National Recreation and Park Association. She became part of the Board of Directors in 1913. In honor of her husband, she established the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation.
How did Thomas Edison propose to Mina Miller?
Thomas met Mina in the house of an inventor called Ezra Gilliland in 1885 Boston. Ezra Gilliland was friends with both Thomas Edison and Mina Miller’s father. Edison taught Mina Morse code and this pave a way for him to declare his intentions. After teaching her Morse Code, Thomas proposed to Mina. They started their journey as a couple and got married on 24th February 1886.
After their honeymoon in Florida, the couple moved to Edison’s new home in Glenmont. Thomas already had 3 children from his first marriage. Mina Miller became the stepmother to these 3 children. Later in the marriage, the couple had 3 more children. Mina Miller hired and managed a crew of maids, a cook, a gardening staff, and a nanny while her husband Thomas supervised his laboratory downhill.