Throughout the history of the United States there have been a vast amount of significant inventors which have helped contribute to the success and triumph that this country has accomplished. One of these inventors would help change the course of history with an invention so innovative that it would later cause the death of millions of lives. That inventor is Eli Whitney, whom which could be considered the most important inventor of the nineteenth century. .
Eli Whitney was born on December 8, 1765 in a New England town of Westborough, Massachusetts and was the first of four children to be born. Whitney had one sister and two other brothers, who all lived in one house. Whitney's parents' names are Elizabeth and Eli Whitney. From an early age, Whitney showed signs that he was not like any of the children of this age because at the age of eight he was able to disassemble a watch that his father had given him and he reconstructed it back to perfect working condition. Then when Whitney was twelve years old he suffered a tragedy of his mother passing away. Because of this he had to take on more responsibilities around the house and act more like an adult. Also due to the fact that Whitney grew up during the time period of the American Revolution, the need for tools and other equipment was very high. Whitney took advantage of this and began to sell nails, hatpins, canes and other tools, all of which were made from his father's shed. .
Afterwards at the age of nineteen Whitney decided to broaden his field of study and attended Yale University. His father and stepmother objected to this because they did not want him to study anything else than law. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and became a tutor and farm laborer and then raised enough money to go to Yale in 1789. Once he was there he took a numerous classes including Latin, Greek, Rhetoric and Mathematics. He became one of the top scholars of the school and graduated at the top of his class.