Elisha Graves Otis

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Noun1.Elisha Graves Otis - United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)Elisha Graves Otis - United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
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Elisha Otis started the company in Yonkers, New York, in about 1853, and can be truly said to have made the modern high-rise skyscraper possible.
It tells the story of Elisha Otis, who grew up on a Vermont farm where hay pulleys were an everyday part of life.
Experts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston have confirmed that Willis Carrier s great-grandmother, Lydia Otis, was cousins with Elisha Otis, making Carrier and Otis fourth cousins.
The safety elevator, introduced 50 years earlier by Elisha Otis, opened the opportunity to create large office spaces in cities, which subsequently helped financial and other service institutions to grow exponentially.