Elijah Canada using the underground railroad. In 1847

Elijah McCoy was an African Canadian-American inventor. He was originally born in Canada but was famous for over fifty American patents.

Elijah McCoy was born May 2, 1844, in Colchester, Ontario, Canada. His parents where run away slaves from Kentucky. They dot to Canada using the underground railroad. In 1847 they returned and settled in Michigan.

At a young age Elijah McCoy showed a love for engineering. At the age of fifteen his parents sent him to Scotland to learn about engineering. He came back home with a mechanical certificate.

When he grew up Elijah McCoy tried to become an engineer, but was turned down because of his race. Despite the disappointment Elijah accepted a job as a fireman and oiler for the Michigan central railroad.

To help with his job Elijah invented different gadgets for the steam engines. He also made an invention that distributes oil to all of the parts of the engine. This invention caused the engine to run longer with less maintenance. He also designed the ironing board and the lawn sprinkler. Elijah McCoy Had one 50 patents in his lifetime.

Most of Elijah’s patent or inventions had something to do with lubrication systems. Most of the inventions he made did not give him the recognition. What Elijah did about this was he created a manufacturing company too make lubricators bearing in his name.

In 1968 McCoy married Ann Elizabeth Stewart. After being married for four years Ann died. McCoy remarried to Mary Eleanor Delaney. In 1922 the McCoy’s where in a car accident, unfortunately Marry died, but Elijah was seriously injuredFrom injuries that he would deal with for the rest of his life. 

In 1929 Elijah McCoy died at the age of 85. He was buried in Warren, Michigan. Elijah McCoy lived a good life and will be remembered throughout history as one of the greatest inventors ever.

Elijah McCoy