Elisha Graves Otis

Elisha Graves Otis

Birth
Halifax, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Death 8 Apr 1861 (aged 49)
Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 6412592 · View Source
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Inventor. He was a master mechanic who didn't invent the elevator, but something perhaps more important, the elevator brake which made skyscrapers a practical reality. In 1845, while working at the factory of O. Tingley & Company, New York, he invented a railway safety brake, which could be controlled by the engineer and ingenious devices to run rails for four-poster beds and to improve the operation of turbine wheels. He went to Yonkers, New York, to organize and install machinery for the bedstead firm of Maize & Burns in 1852, which was needed a hoist to lift heavy equipment to the upper floor. While there, he devised a device known as the Otis Safety Elevator Brake. In 1854, he dramatized his safety device on the top floor of the Crystal Palace Exposition in New York. The safety brake kept the car load from falling in the event the cables broke, the platform held fast and the elevator industry was on its way. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1988.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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"Inventor Originator of the Otis Safety Elevator"


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6412592
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisha Graves Otis (3 Aug 1811–8 Apr 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6412592, citing Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .