Elijah McCoy

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Birthday
2, 1844
Birthplace
Colchester, Canada
Death Date
Oct 10, 1929 (85)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
2, 1844
Birthplace
Colchester, Canada
Death Date
Oct 10, 1929 (85)

About

Best known as the inventor of mechanical lubrication for steam engines, he also had 57 other U.S. patents to his name. His name, McCoy, is a likely origin of the expression "The real McCoy."

Before Fame

He was initially employed as a railroad fireman and oiler for the Michigan Central Railroad.

Trivia

The state of Michigan recognizes his historic contributions is several ways including a historical marker at his former home.

Family Life

He was first married to Ann Elizabeth Stewart who died four short years after they married. He then married Mary Eleanor Delaney.

Associated With

He was acknowledged in Booker T. Washington's book Story of the Negro as a leading black inventor.