Eli Whitney

Inventor

1765 – 1825

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Who was Eli Whitney?

Eli Whitney was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South. Whitney's invention made upland short cotton into a profitable crop, which strengthened the economic foundation of slavery in the United States. Despite the social and economic impact of his invention, Whitney lost many profits in legal battles over patent infringement for the cotton gin. Thereafter, he turned his attention into securing contracts with the government in the manufacture of muskets for the newly formed United States Army. He continued making arms and inventing until his death in 1825.

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Born
Dec 8, 1765
Westborough
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale College
    (1789 - 1792)
  • Leicester Academy
Lived in
  • Connecticut
Died
Jan 8, 1825
New Haven
Resting place
Grove Street Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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