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."