Cyrus McCormick

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Birthday
15, 1809
Birthplace
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Death Date
May 13, 1884 (75)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
15, 1809
Birthplace
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Death Date
May 13, 1884 (75)

About

Inventor of the McCormick crop reaper, which automated crop harvesting. He was the founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and he based his crop reaping invention on the works of Roman, Scottish, and American inventors before him.

Before Fame

He picked up his father's mantle in trying to complete the horse drawn mechanical reaper.

Trivia

He was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 197.

Family Life

He married Nancy Fowler in 1835.

Associated With

William Seward praised his invention, saying because of it, "the line of civilization moves westward thirty miles each year."