Cotton Gin

Invented by Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney

Cotton Gin

  • It was invented in Mulberry Grove
  • It was invented during industial era when everything was coming together in 1793
  • This invention seperates the cotton from the cooton seeds.
  • Important to history : It made slaves more useful cause they could get more cotton seperated.
  • Purpose of the invection: This invention sped up the time it took to seperate cotton from the seeds.


  • How it works:
  1. The design comprised a wire screen, with numerous, small hooks made from wire. The hooks served the purpose of pulling the cotton into the machine, while the integrated brushes quickly cleared the loose lint.
  2. Cotton lints are cleaned within a wooden cylinder. The cylinder has rows of spikes that form a grid and function like a comb.
  3. When the open cotton pods pass through the bars of the grid, the close-knit design does not allow the seeds to pass through.
  4. The cleaned cotton fibers, minus the seeds, are then extracted through the wire teeth of the grid-like comb and sorted in a pan on the other side.
By: Brennen Kellum