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McCormick Harvesting Machine Co

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September 1902.

Cyrus Hall McCormick was born in 1809 in Rockbridge County, Virginia in the United States.

At the age of twenty two he redesigned his father's unsuccessful reaper and eventually patented the machine in 1834.

McCormick also patented a cast and wrought iron plough which was very popular with local farmers.

McCormick purchased land on the north bank of the Chicago River in order to build a factory.

The McCormick reaper won many awards from 1851 onwards including the Grand Council Medal at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in London.

1879 The McCormick Harvesting Machine Co formed

In 1881 won more prizes following a four day trial of his first twine binder at Derby, England.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died and was succeeded in the business by his son Cyrus Hall McCormick II

1902 The McCormick Harvesting Machine Co and the Deering Harvester Co merged and formed International Harvester

See McCormick.

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