Eli Whitney: A Brief Biography

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Eli Whitney was born December 8, 1765 in Westboro, Massachusetts. He grew up on a farm in Massachusetts. Eli Whitney studied at Yale College which is Yale University today; after attending college Eli went to work on a tobacco plantation in South Carolina. Once the tobacco market decline he turned to a new cash crop which was cotton. Whitney saw that it was hard work removing the seeds from the cotton that had been picked, so he decided to invent something to help remove the seeds. On March 14, 1794, Eli Whitney along with Phineas Miller patent the cotton gin. The cotton gin is a tools that helps in the process of eliminating seeds from the cotton. The cotton gin was a single machine could produce and clean up to fifty pounds of cotton each
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