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Eli Whitney

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Birthday
8, 1765
Birthplace
Westborough, MA
DEATH DATE
Jan 8, 1825 (59)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
8, 1765
Birthplace
Westborough, MA
DEATH DATE
Jan 8, 1825 (59)

About

Inventor of the cotton gin, a machine that separated cotton seeds from fibers. He worked with Phineas Miller as a business partner on the production of the cotton gin.

Before Fame

He worked as a manufacturer, farmer, and teacher.

Trivia

His cotton gin greatly sped up the cotton industry in the United States and the Antebellum South and was one of the greatest inventions of the Industrial Revolution. He received a patent for the machine in 1794, but by 1797 had seen his invention get pirated by cotton planters, ultimately putting he and his partner out of business.

Family Life

He married Henrietta Edwards in 1817 and had a daughter, Pierpont Edwards.

Associated With

His cotton gin also led to the growth of slavery, which Abraham Lincoln abolished.