May 24, 2014

On this day May 24th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

On May 24, 1887 Elijah McCoy was issued patents No. 363,529 for inventing the lubricator for Safety Valves, devices used to make train travel more efficient.  

Have you ever wondered where the term “the real McCoy” originated? Well your search is over.


The term referred to non-other than Elijah McCoy who was born on May 2, 1844, in Colchester, Ontario, Canada, to parents who had fled slavery. McCoy trained as an engineer in Scotland as a teenager. Unable to find an engineering position in the United States, he took a job working for a railroad and subsequently invented a lubrication device to make railroad operation more efficient. McCoy transitioned onto the realm of ancestry in Detroit, Michigan, on October 10, 1929.


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