Born and raised on a little farm in the state of Virginia, the United States of America, Cyrus Hall McCormick became a part of a history of agriculture development and influenced what harvesting industry has for us today. Since early childhood, McCormick wanted to earn a lot of money to be self-sufficient. In the 19th century, that was quite an impossible thing to achieve — workers were to earn no more than a couple cents per an hour of hard work. Yet, with his dedication and perseverance, not only Cyrus McCormick managed to achieve his goal, but he also made the change to the world.
Cyrus’ father was the one who inspired the young boy to work on harvesting tools. The father would spend days with no breaks trying to invent something nearly as functional as a harvester, yet he failed over and over and ended up desperately giving up on the whole idea. But the young Cyrus thought that there was something he could do. As he learned from his father’s mistakes, by the age of 22 Cyrus McCormick had invented the reaper. Before his invention, a farmer could only harvest three acres of yield per a day. However, using a reaper, a farmer managed to harvest as fast as one acre per an hour. The change is incredible.
Regardless of its functionality, the way the reaper looks reminded the people some kind of a toy, and most of the farmers did not take Cyrus’ invention seriously. It wasn’t until 1843 when another man who was working on developing a reaper challenged McCormick to a contest where Cyrus’ reaper easily bet the one of his opponents. After that, people realized that this is not a joke anymore — it is the future. At the beginning, he was to sell no more than 30 reapers in a year, Later, however, his selling supply went as high as five thousand reapers annually.
Besides the harvesting industry, Cyrus was a member of a Democratic Party and managed to always find time for going to church. Even after McCormick’s death in 1884, the work of his life still operated successfully. In the beginning of the 20th century, his company got a trademark of International Harvester Company. During his life, Cyrus together with his wife donated a lot of money to the needed, proving that what he wanted to dedicate his life to was not a blurry idea of becoming rich, but a clear idea of helping others and making our lives easier. McCormick’s son took over the company in 1902 and became its first president.
Born and raised on a little farm in the state of Virginia, the United States of America, Cyrus Hall McCormick became a part of a history of agriculture development and influenced what harvesting industry has for us today. Since early childhood, McCormick wanted to earn a lot of money to be self-sufficient.