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Elisha Otis

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis

Profession: Inventor and Elevator Industrialist

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Born: August 3, 1811
Birthplace: Halifax, Vermont, USA
Star Sign: Leo

Died: April 8, 1861 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: Diphtheria

Historical Events

  • 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