Mailing List:1999-01-26 08, Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin, by William G. Whitney
Mailing List Archives > 1999-01-26 08, Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin, by William G. Whitney
From: "W.G. \"Bill\" Whitney" <bwhitney -at- ccinet.ab.ca> Subject: [WHITNEY-L] Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 21:16:24 -0700 Dear Whitney relatives: My son's History Professor told him that Eli Whitney didn't really invent the cotton gin. It was invented by a woman. But women weren't allowed to raise patents in those days, so Eli took the invention and patented it instead. This must have something to do with the fact that Eli was told about all the green river cotton that was unuseable by the lady of the Plantation where he was a guest. Does anyone know where this story started?
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