OTIS, Elisha Graves [1811-1861] -- American inventor (elevator)
He put into practical operation a hoisting machine
that embodied some novel features
calculated to automatically prevent loss of life
in case of the breaking of the lifting cable.
In 1867 his sons organized a stock company
to carry on the manufacture of his inventions,
and its business now  amounts to about $2,000,000 per annum.
He died April 8, 1861, in Yonkers, N. Y.
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