Cyrus McCormick

The Father of Modern Agriculture

 It was on this day in 1834 that the American inventor and businessman, Cyrus McCormick, patented the reaping machine.

McCormick's thresher changed agriculture forever; replacing the manual cutting of crops - which is why he's considered The Father of Modern Agriculture.

McCormick's company would go on to become the International Harvester Company.

McCormick was a devout Christian. He made a fortune from his reaper and much of his wealth went to charity.
It was Cyrus McCormick who said,

"There's a special place in God's kingdom for businessmen who put their money where their mouth is."

In 1940, the three-cent postage stamp commemorated McCormick.
And today the original McCormick Farm is owned by Virginia Tech.

McCormick came up with all of these wonderful witticisms about business here's a fun one..

"Trying to do business without advertising is like winking at a pretty girl through a pair of green goggles. You may know what you are doing, but no one else does." 

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