Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793. Eli Whitney was born on December 8th, 1965 and grew up on a farm. He was always hands on with equipment and tools and that is what made him successful as an inventor.
The cotton gin had a positive effect on the industry. It helped to separate the seeds from the cotton. This made the price of cotton go down tremendously. This also allowed farmers to plant more cotton because the cotton gin made cotton farming a lot easier.