Elijah McCoy Inventor(1844-1929)

Elijah McCoy Inventor(1844-1929)


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By OV Staff

Elijah McCoy studied mechanical engineering in Scotland, then worked for the Michigan Central Railroad. He invented an automatic lubricating system for steam engines that enabled railroads to operate more efficiently.

McCoy patented over fifty lubricating systems in his lifetime, which became known as the “real McCoy,” referring to original quality and authenticity.