Who Is Eli Whitney?
Eli Whitney was born on December 8, 1765, in Westborough, Province of Massachusetts Bay in British America. He was an American inventor who is famous for inventing the cotton gin.
Whitney was the eldest child of Eli Whitney Sr. his father was a prosperous farmer. His mother was Elizabeth Fay who also belonged to Westborough. He prepared to enter Yale at Leicester Academy. He entered in 1789 during the fall and graduated in 1792. He wanted to study law but he was short of funds for his education so he accepted to go to South Carolina to work as a private tutor.
The cotton gin and the industrial revolution
His invention was one of the major inventions during the industrial revolution. This invention completely shaped the Antebellum South economy. He was the one who made cotton into a profitable business component that ultimately strengthened the economic foundations of slavery in the US. This invention also contributed to the fiscal development of the Southern United States province as it was the prime cotton-growing area.
Eli Whitney left a lot of social and economic impact because of his invention; however, he lost many profits dues to the legal complications over the patent infringement for his invention cotton gin. Later on, he focused on securing contracts with the US government for the manufacture of muskets for the new United States Army. Whitney devoted his life to make arms until his last days in 1825.
To honor Whitney and his contribution, Yale University launched the Eli Whitney students program for non-traditional students.
Eli Whitney Quotations
“One of my primary objects is to form the tools so the tools themselves shall fashion the work and give to every part its just proportion.”
“I can make just such ones if I had tools, and I could make tools if I had tools to make them with.”
“I have now taken a serious task upon myself and I fear a greater one that is in the power of any man to perform in the given time-but it is too late to go back.”
“I have not only Arms but a large proportion of Armourers to make.”
“I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected.”
“You are undoubtedly acquainted with my Reputation, and as for my Penmanship it must speak for itself; this is to desire your Approbation to keep a public school.”
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