Person:Eli Whitney (4)

m. 2 Feb 1765
  1. Eli Whitney1765 - 1825
  2. Elizabeth Whitney1767 - 1827
  3. Benjamin Whitney1768 -
  4. Josiah Whitney1770 -
m. 6 Jan 1817
  1. Frances Edwards Whitney1817 -
  2. Elizabeth Fay Whitney1819 -
  3. Eli Whitney1820 -
  4. Susan Edwards Whitney1821 -
Facts and Events
Name Eli Whitney
Gender Male
Birth[1] 8 Dec 1765 Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 6 Jan 1817 to Henrietta Frances Edwards
Death? 8 Jan 1825 New Haven, Connecticut
Reference Number? Q280930?

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Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765January 8, 1825) 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.[1] 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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  1. Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Vital records of Westborough, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849. (Worcester, Massachusetts: F.P. Rice, 1903)

    WHITNEY, Eli, s. Eli and Elizabeth, (born) Dec. 8, 1765. [Inventor of Cotton Gin.]