1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted

July 23, 2018 all-day

On July 23, 1872, Elijah J. McCoy, an Afro-American inventor raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery. His device was so effective “the real McCoy” became synonymous with anything genuine or authentic.

Many years later, McCoy would be honored again by having the first satellite office of the U.S. Patent Office names after him on July 13, 2012 in Detroit. The Elijah J. McCoy Office is located in the Stroh River Place building in Detroit.

Source : Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Historical Calendar.

For more information about Elijah J. McCoy, see Dr. Burton W. Folsom, Remembering “The Real McCoy”, Mackinac Center for Public Policy Viewpoints on Public Issues, February 5, 1996.

Created equal : the lives and ideas of Black American innovators / James Michael Brodie.

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