The History of Mr. John Deere

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John Deere
"I will never put my name on a product that does not have the best that is in me." This is arguably the most famous quote made by Deere and that has stuck with the company for the last 175 years.
Deere was the man who kick started modern farming by inventing the first ever cast steel plow, as opposed to the much heavier cast iron plow that worked alright in the sandy soil but the fertile heavy soil of the plains would just stick too. This is how john Deere’s steel plow became known as “The Plow That Broke the Plains.” Mr. John Deere was born in Rutland Vermont in 1804, and grew up in nearby Middlebury. Deere was just four years old when his father, William, was lost at sea and never returned leaving his mother, Sarah Deere, to raise him. Deere was not an only child, living with five brothers and sisters in a moderately poor family so there was no leftover money for education.
John very rarely attended school and focused his time on work to make money to support his family. He worked for a few different people, such as farmers and shop keepers but did not stay with a job for more than a few months at a time. until age 17 when he got an offer for an apprenticeship working for a blacksmith in a town about 50 miles from home, with his mothers permission he left home to go to work learning the trade of blacksmithing.
Deere was naturally gifted at working with metal or doing anything with his hands. Eventually Deere set up…

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