Eli Whitney Blake

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Eli Whitney Blake was born in Westborough, Massachusetts back in 1795 to Elihu and Elizabeth. He studied at the Leicester Academy before going to Yale where he graduated in 1816. He started to study law but abandoned that idea when his uncle, Eli Whitney asked for his assistance in erecting and organizing a gun factory at Whitneyville.

After the death of his uncle Eli and his brother Philos until 1836, when they started their own factory. He was one of the founders of the Connecticut Academy of Science. He died in New Haven, Connecticut in 1886, he was 91.

What you may not know about Eli Whitney Blake is that he was also an inventor. His invention is one that can be found on every home in the United States. He invented the mortise lock, although the design has changed over the years the basic concept is still in use.

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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning James, that was a long standing invention that served folks to this day.

Nov 05, 2019 04:35 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

One item that I get yelled at for not using when leaving the house!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 05, 2019 04:39 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Once again, and now I know! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Nov 05, 2019 04:42 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that invention certain made a difference.  Glad he didn't study law.

Nov 05, 2019 05:01 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... until this morning not only had I never heard of Eli Whitney Blake, I had not clue what a mortise lock was.

Nov 05, 2019 05:42 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - more information is now known but will I remember the details?  I don't know for sure but it's an interesting one to consider.  

Nov 05, 2019 06:50 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What is the mortise lock?  Is that a deadbolt lock?  If so, then I have one in my home as well, haha.

Nov 05, 2019 06:56 AM #8
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I thought you were writing about the cotton gin inventor.

Very interesting connection with today's world.

Nov 05, 2019 07:58 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So easy to forget that something we take for granted was invented and thought through by someone and improved with more thought by others over time. 

Nov 05, 2019 08:01 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning James.
You always give me cause to go searching for more info. I didn't even know what a mortise lock is.  Now I do. 

Nov 05, 2019 08:38 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I thought this was the other Eli Whitney. Oh well.

Nov 05, 2019 09:04 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Nov 05, 2019 11:09 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again, you surprised me, I had no idea.  Wishing you a great rest of the day!  A

Nov 05, 2019 12:41 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- even though I lock our doors every day, I had to look up what exactly a mortise lock was. 

Nov 05, 2019 01:09 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Interesting read James. I like it when you surprise us with inventors that have inventions we use every day but don't know it.

Nov 05, 2019 03:13 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It always amazes me how many of these inventions seem to be timeless!

Nov 05, 2019 06:19 PM #17
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Eli Blake, and the invention of the mortise lock.

Nov 05, 2019 08:29 PM #18
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

James, you made me look up "mortise lock" as I wasn't sure. Then I said "oh yeah"! 


Nov 06, 2019 08:06 AM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James my ignorance has no boundaries... having lived in Waterbury & Bridgeport CT you think I should have known?:)Endre

Nov 06, 2019 10:50 PM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

As is often the case with your posts I learned something new. What would we do without these locks?


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