Jeremiah Bailey

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.


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