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This Day in Georgia History

March 14, 1794

Eli Whitney Patented the Cotton Gin

Eli Whitney secured a patent on the cotton gin. Whitney’s invention made it possible to clean 50 times the amount of cotton per day than when done by hand. However, its simplicity of design made it easy to be copied by others, and Whitney never realized major financial profits from his invention.

To view an image of an early Eli Whitney cotton gin model, see the Digital Library of Georgia.