Eckley Brinton Coxe
Born June 4, 1839 – Died May 13, 1895
Patent No. 510,565
Eckley Coxe invented a mechanical stoker that allowed small pieces of coal, which had previously been discarded as waste, to be burned as fuel. His device also eliminated the backbreaking work of manual stoking and provided greater thermal efficiency.
Born in Philadelphia, Coxe was raised and educated to develop his family’s extensive holdings of coal-rich land. A respected engineer, he created a large shop complex and one of the finest technical libraries in America near the Coxe mines in Drifton, Pennsylvania. There, he designed machinery to modernize the mining, processing, and burning of anthracite coal.