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Hamden in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Eli Whitney

 

—Inventor of the Cotton Gin —

 
Eli Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 11, 2010
1. Eli Whitney Marker
Inscription.
Eli Whitney
1765 – 1825
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
On this site in 1798, Eli Whitney established the first manufactory for the production of fire arms in the United States. Here he invented and used the uniformity system of manufacture now adopted throughout the world.
Erected by
Hamden Historical Society
1929

 
Erected 1929 by the Hamden Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 20.224′ N, 72° 54.667′ W. Marker is in Hamden, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Armory Street, on the right when traveling north on Whitney Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the wall of the Lake Whitney Dam at the Eli Whitney Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Hamden CT 06518, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A. Frederick Oberlin Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eli Whitney Armory (about 400 feet away); Pardee Rose Garden (approx. half a mile away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); St. Stanislaus Servicemen
Eli Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 11, 2010
2. Eli Whitney Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Theodore Dwight Woolsey (approx. 1.7 miles away); Walter Camp (approx. 1.8 miles away); Edward Robinson Smith (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamden.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eli Whitney, Jr. on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Eli Whitney Museum. (Submitted on March 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
Small Plaque next to the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 11, 2010
3. Small Plaque next to the Marker
An
American Water
Landmark
Lake Whitney Dam
Hamden, Connecticut
Significant In The History
Of Public Water Supply
Designated By
American Water Works Association
Marker on the Lake Whitney Dam Wall image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 11, 2010
4. Marker on the Lake Whitney Dam Wall
Eli Whitney image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 17, 2018
5. Eli Whitney
This 1821 portrait of Eli Whitney by Charles Bird King hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Eli Whitney, the son of a Massachusetts farmer, played an instrumental role in inventing the cotton gin and in creating standardized parts for fire­arms. These two important developments not only impacted manufacturing in the United States but also influenced nineteenth-century American society. The cotton gin (‘gin’ is short for ‘engine’) is a device that separates cotton fibers from their seeds. Whitney fabricated the first prototype around 1792 while working as a tutor on a plantation in Georgia. Its efficiency permitted the tremendous expansion of cotton cultivation, fueling the spread of the slave system and the industrial revolution in textile production.

Because the gin was such a simple device, it was easily pirated by Southern planters and Whitney never profited from it. Almost as important was Whitney's subsequent pioneering development of a process for making muskets by having an assembly line put together standardized parts. According to family history, this portrait of Whitney was painted in the summer of 1821.” -- NPG
Lake Whitney Dam Spillway image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 11, 2010
6. Lake Whitney Dam Spillway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 855 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   5. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on March 17, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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