Elijah McCoy story

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  • Elijah J McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844. He has 11 brothers and sisters. His parents George and Emilia McCoy were former slaves, who escaped via the underground railroads.
  • In 1847, Elijah and his large family returned to the United States, settling in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • In 1860, Elijahs parents sent him off to Scottland to train as an engineer. He did quite well there and became a fully certified mechanical engineer.
  • In 1863 he moved to Ypsilanti, MI, where he was hired as an engineer. 5 years later Elijah married Ann Elizabeth Stewart, who died 4 years later.
  • In 1872, he applied and received his first patent for his lubricating cup.
  • In 1873, Elijah remarried to Mary Eleanora Delaney. They spent the next 50 years together.
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