Industrial Revolution

Mechanical reaper

Cyrus McCormick

Febuary 15, 1809 - May 18, 1884




Was the inventor of the mechanical reaper. Although, his father, Robert McCormick, came up with the plans and idea to make it. He died before he could finish making his machine. Cyrus felt the need to finish his fathers work and keep his iron foundery running.

WHY? WHEN? WHERE? HOW? WHAT?

How it works and Why was it made??

It can harvest in one day what it takes to harvest in two weeks. A divider seperats the crops that needed to be cut and the ones that where already cut. It was being pulled to a blade and once it was done cutting them, it tosed them to the ground, so it could be

bounded by hand.

This invention was unfinished at first, but the inventors son saw how much the mechanical reaper would help. It was made for harvesting more crops at one time. By harvesting more at one time, it helped farmers with money and business

When and where did the mechanical reaper occure??

In 1844, Cyrus went to the midwest and saw how much his machine would help the farmers. All that land would be to much for a farmer to harvest. Once he saw his chance, he took it.

William Ogden and Cyrus McCormick, opened a reaper factory, in 1847. They had two false satrts, before the reaper acctully took off. the first factory was in,

What was the need and the importance of this invention??

Cyrus's patent had expired and so did his competition's. After a big court battle, that both lodt, it was released to the public. Many reaper factorys sprang up. This made it easy for many farmers to purches one. This changed farming, for the good, in the end it benifited cyrus a lot.

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