Elijah J. McCoy was a Canadian-American engineer of African-American descent

who invented lubrication systems for steam engines. 

Born : 2 May 1844, Colchester, Essex, Canada 

Died : 10 October 1929, Eloise 

Education : The University of Edinburgh 

Spouse : Mary Eleanora McCoy (m. 1873–1923), Ann Elizabeth Stewart (m. 1868–1872) 

Nationality : American, Canadian 

Nationality : American, Canadian 

Awards National Inventors Hall of Fame

Elijah McCoy was born on May 2, 1844 

His father's ties to Britain proved useful as young McCoy pursued his education.  

His most famous invention was a cup that feeds lubricating oil to machine bearings through a small tube.