Cyrus McCormick

American inventor and businessman (1809–1884)

Cyrus Hall McCormick, Sr. (February 15, 1809 – May 13, 1884) was an American inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which became part of International Harvester Company in 1902. He invented the crop machine the Reaper. From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he and many members of his family became well known residents of Chicago. The McCormick Place is named after him.

McCormick in c. 1860s

McCormick was born on February 15, 1809 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He lived in Raphine, Virginia. He was married to Nancy Fowler from 1835 until his death in 1884. They had four children. McCormick died from a stroke on May 13, 1884 in Chicago, Illinois, aged 75.[1] He is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Uptown, Chicago.


  1. William Thomas Hutchinson (1935). Cyrus Hall McCormick: Harvest, 1856-1884. Vol. 2. New York: D. Appleton, The Century Company.

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