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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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But it was Elisha Otis, cutting the rope on his lift with his sabre for a fee of $100 at the New York World's Fair of 1854 that started the modern lift industry and enabled city buildings to rise above four storeys.
Lift safety was already an issue almost 150 years ago, when inventor Elisha Otis demonstrated a revolutionary fail-safe device in New York in 1853.
Two years before Elisha Otis patented the safety brake that made passenger elevators practical, Peter Cooper insisted on building a shaft that rose to the top of his building so that an elevator might one day be installed.
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