A biography of eli whitney an american inventor

Because the design was simple and easy to duplicate, its use spread rapidly. The family sold the business in to Winchester. Encyclopedia of World Biography.

Although the contract was for one year, Whitney did not deliver the arms untilusing multiple excuses for the delay. He had no idea of how to go about fulfilling his obligation, and indeed he delivered his first guns inthree years late.

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Eli Whitney: Biography & Cotton Gin

He used a wire screen in combination with small hooks to pull the cotton fibers through. His first case came to trial in and Whitney lost, putting him out of business. When he initially sailed for South Carolina, among his shipmates were the widow and family of the Revolutionary hero Gen.

He had one sister- Elizabeth, and two brothers- Benjamin and Josiah. However, the partners lacked the money to finance such a large endeavor. But with the gin, growing cotton with slave labor became highly profitable — the chief source of wealth in the American South, and the basis of frontier settlement from Georgia to Texas.

He used his fame to push the idea of interchangeable parts for manufacturing. Petition by Whitney to the selectmen of Westborough, Massachusettsto run a public school, with sample of his penmanship Instead of reaching his destination, he was convinced to visit Georgia.

His son, born inalso named Eli, was well known during his lifetime and afterward by the name "Eli Whitney, Jr. Previously, each gun was made from start to finish by one craftsman. Whitney saw that a machine to clean the seed from cotton could make the South prosperous and make its inventor rich.

He graduated from Yale inand went to Savannah, Georgia to teach and study law. After he graduated he went south to tutor the children of a wealthy plantation owner. Social and Economic Impact Some historians consider it unfair to give all credit to Whitney for inventing the cotton gin. Whitney also helped develop the machine tool industry by developing many of the machines he needed to produce his firearms.

This idea was not a new one. He graduated in Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Soon, Greene had Whitney working on several mechanical problems that hampered the operation of a large plantation.

However, it also increased the demand for slaves. Whitney occasionally told a story wherein he was pondering an improved method of seeding the cotton when he was inspired by observing a cat attempting to pull a chicken through a fence, and could only pull through some of the feathers.

Career Details Whitney wanted to become a lawyer. Rather, like the proprietors of grist and sawmillsthey expected to charge farmers for cleaning their cotton — two-fifths of the value, paid in cotton.

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney is best remembered as the inventor of the first commercially viable cotton gin. During the course of his illness, he invented and constructed several devices to mechanically ease his pain. An early leader was Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauvalan 18th-century French artillerist who created a fair amount of standardization of artillery pieces, although not true interchangeability of parts.A biography of Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, whose application of standardized parts to the production of weapons and other machines was a major influence in the development of industry.5/5(1).

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Eli Whitney Biography. Inventor. Eli Whitney went down in history as the inventor of the cotton gin, a machine made to extract seeds from cotton, patented in Whitney spent a decade fighting patent infringements, and years of litigation left him nearly penniless by Whether he was the sole inventor of the gin is still a matter of.

Kids learn about the biography and life of Eli Whitney including his early career, invention of the cotton gin, in Westborough, Massachusetts to Eli and Elizabeth Whitney. Growing up on the farm with his two brothers and one sister, Eli enjoyed working in his dad's workshop.

American Revolution Industrial Revolution American Civil. Eli Whitney is best remembered as the inventor of the first commercially viable cotton gin. Perhaps more importantly, his new method of making muskets, using an assembly line and interchangeable parts, initiated the American mass-production system.

The American inventor and manufacturer Eli Whitney () perfected the cotton gin.

Eli Whitney life and biography

He was a pioneer in the development of the American system of manufactures. Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Mass., on Dec. 8, He took an early interest in mechanical work.

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