Profession: Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Why Famous: McCormick helped revolutionize the American agriculture industry when he invented the mechanical reaper in 1837, building on work by his father and other inventors in the 19th century.
He also helped form the modern concept of a company with his McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which utilized manufacturing, marketing and a sales force to help sell its products.
- 1858-01-26 Inventor Cyrus McCormick (48) weds Nancy Fowler
- 1834-06-21 American inventor and businessman Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine