The First Practical Lawnmower
1822 On this day, Jeremiah Bailey of Chester county, Pennsylvania, patented the first practical lawnmower; it had two wheels and was pulled by a horse. A person could mow up to ten acres a day with Bailey's machine. After locals trialed the device, they reported,
“We consider it as one of the most complete and useful labor-saving machines for agricultural uses hitherto invented...”
The first genuinely successful machine would be patented ten years later by Obed Hussey of Maryland.