John Deere

John Deere (1804 - 1886)

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John Deere
Born in Rutland, Vermont, United Statesmap
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Died in Moline, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Nov 2012 | Last significant change: 8 Dec 2018
15:32: Don Osborn edited the Biography for John Deere (1804-1886). [Thank Don for this]
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John Deere was an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world.

He married in 1827 to Demarias Lamb and fathered nine children.

He was a blacksmith by training and by trade. Business conditions weren’t very good in Vermont, so in 1836, Deere decided to move out West to Illinois. There, he found that the traditional wood and iron plows used back East were no match for the farms out West. While New England soil was light and sandy, the prairie sod was heavy and thick. Farmers had to stop frequently to clean soil and clay off of their plow blades. Deere had the idea that a properly shaped blade would scour itself as it went along. He experimented with some new designs and the use of steel , and by 1838 he’d sold three of them to local farmers. He sold 10 the following year, and 40 the year after that. By 1841, he was making and selling a hundred plows a year. Deere’s innovation became known as “The Plow that Broke the Plains.”


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On 9 May 2016 at 21:20 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

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