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Elijah McCoy (1843 or 1844-1929) was a mechanical _____________________ and inventor. McCoy's high-quality industrial inventions (especially his steam engine lubricator) were the basis for the expression "the real McCoy," meaning the real, authentic, or high-quality thing.

McCoy was _____________________ in Colchester, Ontario, _________________, to former slaves (George and Emillia McCoy), who had fled from the USA. McCoy was educated as a mechanical engineer in Edinburgh, ___________________; he then moved to Detroit, _____________________, USA. Despite his education (and due to racism - he was an _____________________), he could only get a _________________ as a fireman and _____________________ on a steam-engine _____________________, shoveling __________________ into a train's engine and periodically lubricating the engine.

McCoy's first invention (1872) was a _____________________ way of lubricating steam engines without having to __________________ them down - this automatic lubricator saved an enormous amount of ___________________ and effort in transportation and in industrial production. McCoy eventually had a total of 57 _____________________, and was known throughout the world for his inventions. In 1920, McCoy started his own company, the Elijah McCoy _____________________ Company.



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