Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884)
Born in Cumberland County,Pennsylvania
To Robert and Mary Ann Hall.
An older brother Robert Junior
Cyrus would be most famous of them all.
Dad was a prosperous farmer
Five-hundred and thirty two acre farm.
Their homestead called Walnut Grove
Home was decorated with Mom’s charm.
Always been a keen inventor he made
A lightweight cradle for harvesting grain.
While at the age of fifteen years
Much more knowledge he would gain.
Dad was working on a horse drawn reaper
Which he abandoned in thirty-one.
Cyrus added several key features
Further refined till he was done.
He finally took out a patent
In eighteen-hundred and thirty-four.
In forty-seven moved toChicago
His reaper won the highest award
AtLondon’s Crystal Palace Exhibition.
In eighteen-hundred and fifty-one
His reaper received world recognition.
Cyrus would send for his brothers
William and Leander were made partners.
Due to his mechanical inventiveness
America had the most efficient farmers.
They formed the McCormick Company
The reaper enhanced the farmers
To produce more and more food and fiber.
In eighteen-hundred and thirty-one
Ninety per cent of the people farmed land.
Today it’s less than two per cent.
Work done by machinery now at hand.
Cyrus Hall McCormick
Died in eighteen-eighty-four.
His knowledge and ingenuity
World wide would not ignore.