In a vast Victorian mansion in West Orange, New Jersey, the great inventor Thomas Edison is taking his final breaths. As the end draws closer, those present gather to hear what final wisdom he might impart. But for a man who has always valued science over religion, his last words come as something of a surprise.
After achieving fame as the so-called Wizard of Menlo Park, Edison moved his family to the sprawling Glenmont estate. Over the years, he perfected many groundbreaking ideas in his nearby laboratory. But by October 1931 his health was failing, and his reign as one of America’s greatest inventors was coming to an end.