Cotton Gin

Eli Whitney

Cotton Gin

Machine for separating the fibers of raw or seed cotton from the seeds. The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 by the American inventor Eli Whitney was one of the most important factors in the creation of the immense cotton industry in the U.S.
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Eli Whitney

Born on December 8, 1765, in Westboro, Massachusetts, Eli Whitney studied at Yale before going on to invent the cotton gin, a device that highly streamlined the process of extracting fiber from cotton seeds. With the patent for his device being widely pirated, Whitney struggled to earn any recompense for his invention. He later went on to pioneer “interchangeable parts” systems of production.

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