Canadian-born American inventor Elijah McCoy was granted a patent for lubricators for steam-engines on this day in 1872, forever changing the future of travel by train. After becoming a citizen of the United States in 1847, McCoy took a job working for a railroad company, providing inspiration for hist most famous invention — a lubrication device to make railroad operations more efficient. An instant success with railroad companies worldwide, McCoy formed the Elijah McCoy Manufacturing Company, producing lubricators bearing his name. McCoy continued refining his devices over his lifetime, receiving a total of 57 different patents.
“The steam engine has done much more for science than science has done for the steam engine.” —