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Elijah McCoy was born in 1844 to fugitive slaves in Ontario,
Canada. With a fascination for mechanic...
Elijah McCoy was born in 1844 to fugitive slaves in Ontario, Canada. With a fascination for mechanical things from a young age, Elijah McCoy travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland for his apprenticeship. However, he failed to get employed as an engineer.
McCoy started work as a Fireman in the Michigan Central Railroad. In 1972, he discovered a novel way to lubricate the engine consistently. He got the patent for this development in the same year.
In 1916, he started Elijah McCoy Manufacturing Company. The company sold Graphite Lubricator and his other inventions.
Many businesses duplicated Elijahs models which instigated the Railways to demand for the real McCoy. The expression the real thing became popular from this context.
.Elijahs developments have been central to the efficient and seamless running of the Railways to this day. Elijah J McCoy has over 60 patents to his name.