Posted by: Ron DuBour | May 26, 2017

Knowing your American Heroes ~ Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884) ~ by rldubour

Friday!! Time for an American Hero! Today is:


Knowing your American Heroes

Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884)

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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 to Chicago

To open McCormick’s “Virginia Reaper” store.

His reaper won the highest award

At London’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

And International Harvester.

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.

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