Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Invention of the Cotton Gin
Historical Landmark of Agricultural Engineering
Eli Whitney, a native of Massachusetts and Yale Law Graduate, came to Georgia to teach school in late 1792, at age 27. Mrs. Catherine Greene, widow of General Greene, invited Whitney to her plantation, and urged him to design a cotton gin. He secluded himself for 10 days in the spring of 1793, with a basket of cotton bolls. He discovered that a hooked wire could pull the lint through a slot in the basket, leaving the seeds inside. In his patent application Whitney described the process as: consisting of spikes driven into a wooden cylinder and having a slotted bar through which these spikes passed and having a brush to clear the spikes. The result was a hand operated cotton gin which produced over 50 pounds per person per day. It was patented March 14, 1794.
Henry Ogden Holmes, of Georgia,
Officials of the Cotton Exchange Commission building which faces this marker, shipped from the Port of Savannah thousands of bales to a new worldwide industry, and brought prosperity to the South.
Erected 1986 by American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the ASAE Historic Landmarks of Agricultural Engineering series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1961.
Location. 32° 4.851′ N, 81° 5.396′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Bay St. and Drayton St, on the right when traveling west on Bay St.. Located in the park in front of the Cotton Exchange. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia (here, next to this marker); Old Savannah Cotton ExchangeOld City Exchange Bell (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of the University Of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Artillery's (within shouting distance of this marker); Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F.& A.M. (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chatham Artillery's (within shouting distance of this marker); Arts & Crafts Emporium (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding The Invention of the Cotton Gin. The cotton gin gave birth to the American mass-production concept
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Eli Whitney Tribute
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