Whitney, Eli – Science & Inventions


This Eli Whitney mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of Eli Whitney and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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Eli Whitney is credited with the invention of the cotton gin.  This device made upland short cotton a profitable crop.  The gin was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution, and it bolstered the economic foundation of slavery in the U.S.  Although he received a patent on it in 1794, other inventors were working on similar designs.  Whitney did not profit greatly from invention due to legal battles over patent infringements.  He continued to work on new inventions, promoted the use of interchangeable parts in making products, and shifted to manufacturing muskets for the U.S. Army until his death in 1825.  Some historians believe the cotton gin was responsible for making the African slavery system profitable, as slavery had been on the decline before this invention.

This Eli Whitney mug is part of our US Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States.  Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.  We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.


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