Reaping machine

Cyrus McCormick

By 1834 Cyrus took out a patent on his reaper. McCormick improved his reaper over time.

Cyrus McCormick was born on February 15, 1809, in Rockbridge county, Virginia.

Reaping machine

-Cyrus McCormick's reaping machine of 1831 (patented 1834). Exhibited at Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851. First widely adopted reaping machine.

purpose of invention

-For farmers in the early 19th century, harvesting required a large number of labourers, and, if they could be found, the cost of hiring them was high.

how dose it work?

-Hand-coloured engraving. Resembling a two-wheeled, horse-drawn chariot, the machine consisted of a vibrating cutting blade, a reel to bring the grain within its reach, and a platform to receive the falling grain

when and where the invention first occur

-on a neighbour’s farm in 1831

what is the need and why is it imortant in history?

harvesting required a large number of labourers, and, if they could be found, the cost of hiring them was high.So it reduced the number of labourers.

bio

Cyrus McCormick's Reaping Machine Of 1831 (patented 1834). Exhibited At Crystal Palace Exhibition Of 1851. First Widely Adopted Reaping Machine. Hand-coloured Engraving.. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Feb 2014. http://quest.eb.com/images/300_2285422


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Reuben Gold Thwaites, Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Reaper (1909); Herbert N. Casson, Cyrus Hall McCormick: His Life and Work (1909, reprinted 1971); Cyrus McCormick, The Century of the Reaper (1931, reprinted 1972).