Catherine Greene, widow of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene, provided workspace and encouragement to this inventor.
- Eli Whitney
- Richard Gatling
- Cyrus McCormick
- James Hargreaves
Eli Whitney. Running Mulberry Grove Plantation in Georgia, Greene suggested Whitney work on a machine to strip seeds from short-staple cotton. For six months, Whitney worked behind locked doors in Greene’s basement perfecting the cotton gin.