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Elisha Otis

inventor of the elevator

Bailey Rosenberger

on 14 September 2012

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Elisha Otis 1850 2002 March (cc) image by jantik on Flickr 1855 1860 1865 1900 1870 1875 1880 1885 1890 1895 1905 1852: Invents a safety break for elevators 1853: Starts a company to manufacture elevators, sells them to hoist freight 1857: installed the first passenger safe elevator in New York department store 1861: received patent for improvement to the safety break 1861: After his death his sons formed Otis Brothers & Company 1873: Over 2,000 Otis elevators were in buildings 1898: Otis brothers joined with 14 other elevator company's to form Otis Elevator Company 1903: Introduced the gearless traction electric elevator Elisha Otis 8/3/1811-4/8/1861 Elisha was from Vermont, but later moved to Yonkers, New York. He married Susan Houghton, They had two children, Charles and Norton. He later married again, and had eight children. Creating the Safety Break ~At first Elisha was a doll maker.

~Also invented a robot turner that could produce bedsteads.

~Next he started leasing houses and started working on a train safety brake, and an automatic bread baking oven.

~ He then moved to New Jersey to become a mechanic.

~After that he moved to Yonkers, New York to manage an abandoned sawmill and convert it into a bedstead company.

~While he was cleaning he was trying to figure out how to move debris from upper levels to lower levels.

~This lead him to inventing the elevator safety break.
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