Eli WhitneyEarly LifeEli Whitney was born on December 8, 1765 to Eli Whitney Sr. and Elizabeth Fay Whitney. He was the oldest of his parents four children. He had two brothers, Josiah and Ben, and one sister Elizabeth. At a young age, his parents noticed that he had great mechanical abillities. They thought this was sort of odd at first, then noticed that he had a talent and was very intelligent. His first mechanical fixture was at age eight, when he took a watch apart and was able to put it back together. His next impressive construction was a homemade violin. At twelve, his mother passed away. After her death he had more responsibilities since he was the oldest. A few years later, Whitney's father remarried. One day Eli's stepmom broke a knife accidently. He decided that he did not want to fix it, so he decided to make her a new one. She noticed that he was smart and had the capability to go far. Even though he made his stepmom a new knife, she treated Eli and his siblings with disrespect because they were so smart. Career and InventionClose to college, Eli did not have enough money to afford it.To get money to further his education, Eli taught at a school for $7.00 a month. At age 23, he attended Yale University and to pay for college expenses, he made and fixed machines. After his four years of college he graduated from Yale and after his graduation in 1792, he went to Georgia. There he planned to teach and study law. While he was in Georgia he met Phineas Miller, who was also at Yale. He helped Eli with a place to stay, and introduced him to Catherine Littlefield Greene. She was the widow of Nathanael Greene, who was a genereal of the American Revolutionary War. During his stay with Catherine she employed him to handle machanical issues that occured on the plantation. ´╗┐Cotton GinWhile on the plantation one day Eli noticed that one of the jobs for slaves was to pick seeds from cotton. Since he was able to make machinery, he decided that he would make a machine that was able to pick the seeds from the cotton. This would make the process of cotton-picking go faster so more clothes and other products could be made. His invention was called the Cotton Gin and was final in the Spring of 1793. The machine was so efficient, it could clean cotton as fast as fifty men would. After the Cotton gin was made, he got a patent for it in 1807.

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