elijah mccoy and lloyd war

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McCoy went to Edinburgh, Scotland, at age 15 and studied mechanical engineering for five years. When he came home he became a railroad fireman on the Michigan State Railroad. Back then steam locomotives had to stop at intervals so that the fireman could oil their pistons, levers, and connecting pins...
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About 1870, while living in the town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, McCoy began to experiment with automatic lubricators for steam engines. He received his first patent in 1872 for a "lubricator cup" that provided a steady but unregulated flow of oil to a lubricating point. Later that year he patented a lubricator equipped with stopcocks linked to a rod that enabled the oil flow to be controlled...
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