Eli Whitney

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Birthday
8, 1765
Birthplace
Westborough, MA
Death Date
Jan 8, 1825 (59)
Birth Sign
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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.

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.

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.