This is Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin. Born on December 8, 1765, in Westborough, Massachusetts.
This is Eli Whitney (left) and Caroline Greene, some believe she invented the cotton gin and he patented it because at the time women could not.
When Whitney got to the plantation Greene and the plantation manager proposed him with a problem. The problem was that it took to long to remove the seeds from cotton.
Whitney planned to sell the manufactured gins to other farmers and charge them based on cotton produced by the gin, but many farmers didn't want to give up such a large percentage of money. They would then pirate the idea and even make improved versions of Whitney's original idea.
Whitney soon built a machine that effectively removed the seeds from the cotton, this machine was then named the cotton gin.
It worked by running cotton through a wooden drum embedded with a series of hooks that caught the fibers and dragged them through a mesh, leaving the cotton seedless in the end.
In 1794 he received the patent for his invention, he went on to form a cotton gin manufacturing company.