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Something You Might Not Have Known: Eli Whitney



Just to set the record straight, famed inventor Eli Whitney was not born in Augusta, he did not own property in Augusta and there is no record that he ever visited Augusta. However, he did leave an indelible mark on the Garden City and, indeed, the world.

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  1. Nathaniel Greene did own a plantation on Cumberland Island. But in 1793 when Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, it was at Mulberry Grove, his plantation in Chatham County. As the story says, at that time Greene’s widow, Catherine, lived at Mulberry Grove and had invited Whitney to stay there.

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