1804 – Born on February 7th in in Rutland, Vermont. John Deere was an Illinois blacksmith and manufacturer.
1821 – John turned seventeen and he was asked to become an apprentice blacksmith.
1837 – John Deere designed the first cast steel plow that greatly assisted the Great Plains farmers.
– He moved to Grand Detour, Illinois.
1838 – Alleviate the problem, Deere and a partner, Major Leonard Andrus, designed three new plows.
1846 – The plow was so successful that Deere and his partner were selling a thousand a year. Deere then sold his interest in the Grand Detour enterprise to Andrus and organized a plow company in Moline, Illinois. After experimenting with imported English steel, he had a cast steel plow made for him in Pittsburgh.
1855 – He was selling more than 13,000 such plows a year.
1868 – His business was incorporated as Deere & Company, which is still in existence today.
1886 – Died on May 17th.