Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Thomas Alva Edison

Marker ID: THC 4E 69
Location: on North Court St west of North 2nd St, in Memphis, on the Court Square
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.786    W 090° 3.084
  35.14643333    -90.0514
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMT5QJ


In 1865-66 Edison was military telegraph operator with the Federal occupation army, working in a building formerly at the east corner of North Court and November 6 Streets, and boarding next door. Trying to invent an auto-repeat key, he managed to connect New Orleans with New York directly for the first time after the war. As a result he was discharged by a jealous superior, and he left Memphis.

Tennessee Historical Commission