John Deere


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(1804–1886), American entrepreneur.

Deere manufactured and marketed the most widely used plows in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century. He should be remembered not for his inventive genius—for he more often borrowed ideas from others than envisioned his own—but for his business instincts. He owed his success to determination, perceptiveness, hard work, and a willingness to take risks. An important example of the American ideal of the self-made person, Deere contributed to the growth of Midwestern manufacturing, and his legacy is the monolithic producer of farm and construction equipment bearing his name.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economic History.

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