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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday
Eli Whitney – Inventor of the cotton gin
Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the antebellum South. Whitney’s invention made short staple cotton into a profitable crop, which strengthened the economic foundation of slavery.
Despite the social and economic impact of his invention, Whitney lost his profits in legal battles over patent infringement, closed his business and nearly filed for bankruptcy.
George Cary was born on this day in 1830
George Cary (8 Dec 1830, Kentucky – 29 Sep 1886, Missouri) was my Spouse’s Great grandfather