Thomas Alva Edison was Mexican?

Thomas Alva Edison, inventor and self-taught. His greatest inventions contributed to making our lives easier.

Nowadays, some of his creations are still in force and are a fundamental part of our daily life.

Thomas Alva Edison was Mexican

People are not remembered for the number of times they fail, but for the number of times they succeed.

But this character contains many legends and myths, one of the main ones that sound strongest is that he was a Mexican national.

Too much has been speculated about his birth, but the truth is that no one has yet been able to prove a birth certificate linking him to a Mexican relative.

Some authors have even lined up fantasy publications that it comes from a lineage of Aztec kings.

But none of this is proven yet, so it cannot be confirmed that Edison came from Mexican families.

The original voice of Thomas Alva Edison


The voice of Thomas Alva Edison, with his phonograph, 1877.

Birthplace Stories

One of the most widely heard stories on the Internet is that Thomas Alva Edison was born in the town of Sombrerete, a municipality of the same name. In the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, on February 18, 1848 – and not in Milan, Ohio, USA – on February 11, 1847, as is generally claimed.

His father’s name was Samuel Alva Ixtlixóchitl (Aztec surname). At that time there were three families with the surname Alva: Alva-Edison (the inventor’s), Alva-Arias and Alva-Santini.


In Sombrerete, because of their Mexican pride, they placed a metal plaque, with bronze letters, located on Calle Hidalgo No. 19 next to one of the temples in the town and whose wording reads: “TOMAS ALVA EDISON was born in this house on February 18, 1848”.

A teacher from that town in Sombrerete named “José Guadalupe Ponce” mentioned in his classes that “In this classroom, he received Edison classes,” which at that time were only known to Tomás Alva.
It is mentioned that the father was a mining engineer from Pachuca and was not only Alva, but Alva Ixtlixóchitl.

Part of this theory is that Alva Edison was posing as an American. Who left this country for the north when she was about to turn 20 for the sake of convenience and naturalization.

Thomas Alva’s research

“I didn’t do anything by accident, and neither were my inventions; they came for the job.”

According to some compilations of U.S. researchers came to town to look for any indication that Alva Edison was really born in Mexico, they came to the father of the town church asking to see all the birth books of that time.

But at the end of two days of searching, they gave up on the fact that there was no connection.

For some time the legend stalled, until recently a group of Mexican researchers decided to revisit the birth books of the time. Discovering that the pages of the books had been ripped out according to the alphabetical order of the Edison family.

It is not known whether the previous researchers had ripped out these leaves. The truth is that to date there is still nothing concrete about their nationality.

Other Strange Curiosities by Thomas Alva Edison

– The light of Thomas Alva Edison arrives in Mexico in 1889, it is mentioned that because of the friendship he had with Francisco’s grandfather. I. Madero was that he installed the electric light in Parras de la Fuente, the first place in Latin America to have this type of energy.

– In 1859 he got a job as a newspaper salesman at Grand Train Railroad.

– In 1912 he invented the electric car with two 15-volt batteries and a 30-volt electric motor, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour.

– He never finished his studies and yet he worked with several scientists.

– In 1920 he mentioned that he was working on a device to talk to the dead and, to date, there is no report that he has succeeded in doing so.

– He liked to burn elephants in public and circuses to prove that Nicolas Tesla’s alternating current was deadly.

– Also, he perfected the electric chair with alternating current technology. Which gave him Frankenstein a bad name for killing human beings with electricity.

– He was always jealous of the work of Nicholas Tesla’s scientist.

– I only slept for a couple of hours, to achieve this. I took a substance that combined wine with sleeping pills.

Sombrerete, Zacatecas.

When he reached the height of his fame as an inventor, his fellow countrymen of Sombrerete, in testimony of admiration for him, as well as an explicable civic pride, placed a metal plaque, with bronze letters, outside the door of the house where Edison was born, located in the street Hidalgo No. 19 adjacent to one of the temples of the locality and whose wording says: In this house was born TOMÁS ALVA EDISON on February 18, 1848.

The photographs of both the house and the plaque just cited, appear in a photogravure attached to the Bulletin referred to above.


The house in Sombrerete, Zac., where Tomás Alva Edison was born. The plaque was removed by the owner of the house because he claimed that all tourists wanted to enter his house.

Sombrerete, Zacatecas Mexico 1847.

House Edison

The house where Edison was born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico.


Commemorative plaque placed on the house, currently removed by the owners

Candelaria Fair of Sombrerete Zacatecas

One of the oldest temples that Sombrerete has is the Chapel of Candelaria. It is considered that it was the first sacred construction that this town of Zacatecas had.

It was built to honor a wooden figure and stew, made in Seville, Spain. This image of the Virgin of Candelaria was a gift from the conquistador. Juan de Tolosa in 1556 and then brought to New Spain by the friar Jerónimo de Mendoza.

The Candelaria Chapel has a stone altar and a remarkable colonial style.

This Magical Town became an important mining settlement producing gold, silver, lead, tin, and mercury. The exploitation of its veins gave life to one of the most picturesque villages and rich in traditions of New Spain. Which are still preserved to this day.

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