The Real McCoy: Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy.

In 1872 McCoy was issued a patent for his invention, and within a short time his automatic lubricator—dubbed “the real McCoy” to distinguish it from the horde of less effective imitations that soon flooded the market—had been installed on locomotives around the country. “McCoy’s invention was a small thing,” wrote Aaron E. Klein in The Hidden Contributors: Black Scientists and Inventors in America, “but it speeded up the railroads, and faster railroad deliveries spurred the economic growth of a nation.”

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Elijah_McCoy.aspx

Elijah McCoy obtained patents for an automatic sprinkler, an ironing table, and eventually acquired 58 patents in his lifetime.

http://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventors/ss/Elijah_McCoy.htm

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