John Deere

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Birthday
7, 1804
Birthplace
Rutland, VT
Death Date
May 17, 1886 (82)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
7, 1804
Birthplace
Rutland, VT
Death Date
May 17, 1886 (82)

About

American entrepreneur who invented the steel plow and founded Deere & Company.

Before Fame

He began working as a blacksmith's apprentice at age 17.

Trivia

His company John Deere was worth more than $40 billion in 2010.

Family Life

He had nine children - Francis Albert, Jeanette, Ellen Sarah, Frances Alma, Charles, Emma Charlotte, Hiram Alvin, Alice Marie and Mary Frances - from two separate marriages.

Associated With

He and Henry Ford were both Gilded Age entrepreneurs.