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Deere, John

Born: 1804 AD
Died: 1886 AD
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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.


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