Otis, Elisha Graves

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Otis, Elisha Graves,

1811–61, American inventor, b. Halifax, Vt. From his invention (1852) of an automatic safety device to prevent the fall of hoisting machinery he developed the first passenger elevator (1857). The invention of the elevator was of great importance to architecture because it permitted the building of skyscrapers.
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On this date in 1857 in New York City, Elisha Otis installed the first passenger safety elevator.
1861: The steam elevator was patented by Elisha Otis
Founder Elisha Otis sold his first elevator in 1853, after developing the safety brake designed so that, "if the rope breaks the platform cannot fall.
This week in 1857 in New York City, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator.