TITLE

Ginning Up History

AUTHOR(S)
Giles, Frank
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Cotton Grower;Jan2006, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the importance of Henry Odgen Holmes in the development of cotton gins and the ginning technique. The known father of ginning technique is Eli Whitney, who patented his ginning machinery in 1794, however, it was Holmes who perfected the method of ginning and the precursor of the ginning technology that is still used in the twenty-first century. Holmes ginning scheme was a saw-type gin that first came into his mind in 1787 while Whitney's used spikes or teeth to remove lint from seed. The first Holmes saw-tooth gin was demonstrated in 1795 and it quickly brought a lawsuit from Whitney, thereby holding back the patent of Holmes two years after Whitney got his patent in 1796.
ACCESSION #
19580323

 

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