Profession: Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Why Famous: Founder of the Otis Elevator Company, Otis invented a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails.
He worked on this device while living in Yonkers, New York in 1852, and had a finished product in 1854.
- 1857-03-23 Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City
- 1861-01-15 Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis