What Unusual Method Did Thomas Edison Once Use to Propose Marriage?

The famous American inventor Thomas Edison, known for inventions such as the light bulb and the phonograph, married twice. His first wife passed away at a young age in 1884. He met his second wife, Mina Miller, a few months later. It is believed that Thomas Edison used Morse code to propose to his second wife.

The inventor claimed that he had taught Morse code to Mina Miller so the two could converse privately at mutual gatherings. The story goes that Thomas Edison, after deciding Miller was the right woman for him, proposed to his future wife with Morse code during a car trip in 1885. She accepted and the couple married in 1886. Thomas Edison and Mina Miller Edison had three children. Thomas Edison also had three children by his first wife.

More about Thomas Edison:

  • Thomas Edison started working at a young age. When he was 15, he sent telegraph messages using the Morse code.

  • When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first thing he recorded was himself singing the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

  • Thomas Edison had very poor hearing but this impairment did not stop him from inventing devices that could record sound and motion pictures.

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