Eli Whitney’s Death: Cause, Place, Age, and More!

Eli Whitney

The entrepreneur Eli Whitney passed away at age 59, too young.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Inventor of the cotton gin, a machine that separated cotton seeds from fibers.

He worked as a manufacturer, farmer, and teacher.

His cotton gin greatly sped up the cotton industry in the United States and the Antebellum South and was one of the greatest inventions of the Industrial Revolution.

How did Eli Whitney die?

Prostate Cancer caused Eli Whitney's death in 1825.

Whitney died of prostate cancer on January 8, 1825, in New Haven, Connecticut, just a month after his 59th birthday.

Information about the death of Eli Whitney
Cause of deathProstate Cancer
Age of death59 years
BirthdayDecember 8, 1765
Death dateJanuary 8, 1825
Place of deathNew Haven, Connecticut, United States
Place of burialGrove St Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


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"I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected."

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"One of my primary objects is to form the tools so the tools themselves shall fashion the work and give to every part its just proportion."

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"I have not only Arms but a large proportion of Armourers to make."

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"You are undoubtedly acquainted with my Reputation, and as for my Penmanship it must speak for itself; this is to desire your Approbation to keep a public school."

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