A John Deere Biography

John Deere Biography: A Story Behind the Inventor

November 14, 2012

Born in Vermont in 1804, John Deere trained as a blacksmith’s apprentice before starting his own trade, moving to Illinois, and coming up with his life-changing idea – the steel plow. This concept led Deere to establish a workforce in order to better meet the growing demands of his customers. Despite facing financial hardship, like most others at the time, John Deere was determined to keep working for farmers, just as they were doing for the rest of the country. In addition to manufacturing equipment, Deere became more involved with the community in Moline, IL before his death in 1886, further helping to shape the dependable brand we all know and love today.