Fact File about the Invention of the Cotton Gin: Date of Invention: 1793 *** Name of Inventor: Eli Whitney *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1765 - 1825 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Agricultural Revolution (1700's - 1800's) *** Category: Agriculture *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Eli Whitney and his invention***
Fact 1: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The Cotton Gin was invented by Eli Whitney in 1793 during the Agricultural Revolution (1700's - 1800's) era of inventions which was a leading addition to advancements made in the area of Agriculture.
Fact 5: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The early years of Eli Whitney were spent in Westborough, Massachusetts,
New England where he was raised by his parents Eli Whitney and Elizabeth Fay
Whitney. Eli Whitney received an excellent education and graduated from Yale
University in 1792 with every intention of becoming a lawyer.
Fact 9: Who invented the Cotton Gin? Eli Whitney realized that he would be able to make a considerable profit from such an invention and decided to start experimenting with ideas to create a cotton-boll harvesting and cleaning machine. He was highly motivated to clear his debts and started to work on his invention of what would become known as the Cotton Gin.
Fact 10: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The word "Gin" derived from an old English word 'gin' meaning an "ingenious device or machine". The word 'gin' was later commonly used as a shortened form of the word 'engine'.
Fact 11: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The invention of the Gin was an
incredibly simple device. The gin (machine) was housed in a rectangular wooden
box and consisted of a roller, a mesh of wire teeth for combing out the seeds
and a handle to turn the roller.
Fact 14: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The first Patent Act of the U.S. Congress was passed on April 10, 1790. The first act was then repealed and replaced by the Patent Act of 1793. As the Patent law was in its infancy very few patents had been granted and Whitney's patent had to be validated. Eli Whitney's patent was not validated until 1807.
Fact 15: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The invention of the Cotton Gin was a great success. Eli's plan was not to manufacture his machine, but to offer a service for cleaning cotton. The Eli Whitney Cotton Gin separated the fibers from the seed ten times faster than slaves could do by hand. He was unable to keep up with the demand.
Fact 16: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The simplicity of the Cotton Gin design and the delay in having his patent validated led to others copying his machine. They sold their gins at a handsome profit. Eli Whitney issued patent infringement lawsuits but the costs consumed his profits and his business collapsed in 1797.
Fact 17: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The invention of the Cotton Gin which automated the seed separation process made cotton production more profitable, increased trade and bolstered the economy of the Southern states.
Fact 18: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The invention of the Eli Whitney Cotton Gin inadvertently invigorated the slave trade.
Fact 19: Who invented the Cotton Gin? The invention of the Cotton Gin transformed Southern agriculture and although Eli Whitney did not become rich he did become very famous.
Fact 20: Who invented the Cotton Gin? In 1817 Eli Whitney married Henrietta Edwards, the daughter of Pierpont Edwards, head of the Democratic Party in Connecticut. His marriage opened the door to some of the most men of the age and these connections ensured that his new arms business was successful. The couple had four children and Eli Whitney lived in comfort and security until his death.
Fact 21: Who invented the Cotton Gin? Eli Whitney died on January 8, 1825
of prostate cancer. He was buried in New Haven, Connecticut.