Elijah McCoy

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Elijah McCoy

Nicked name "The real McCoy"

Born May 2, 1844 Died October 10, 1929

Elijah McCoy

Elijah was born free in Colchester, Ontario, Canada. But move to the states when he was young. He lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan. His parents are George and Mildred McCoy.They were fugitive slave who had escaped from Kentucky to Canada via helpers through the underground railroad.Michigan. He had eleven siblings. In Michigan, McCoy could find work only as a fireman and oiler at the Michigan Central Railroad.

McCoy was most notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with the lubrication of steam engines. fireman and oiler at the Michigan Central Railroad. McCoy also did more highly skilled work, such as developing improvements and inventions. He invented an automatic lubricator for oiling the steam engines of locomotives and ships, "Improvement in Lubricators for Steam-Engines". Lubricators were a boon for railroads, as they enabled trains to run faster and more profitably with less need to stop for lubrication and maintenance.

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McCoy married Ann Elizabeth Stewart in 1868, she died four years later. He later got married in 1873, to Mary Eleanor Delaney. Mary McCoy was one of the founders of the Phillis Wheatley Home for Aged Colored Men in 1898. Elijah McCoy died in the Eloise Infirmary (Poorhouse) in Nankin Township now Westland, Michigan; October 10, 1929 at the age of 86. He had continued to suffer from injuries from a car accident seven years earlier in which his wife Mary died. He was buried at Detroit Memorial Park west in Warren, Michigan.


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