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Collection Reference Number GLC00974
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1852 
Title Invitation for the President of the National Agricultural Convention
Date 24 June 1852
Author McCormick, Cyrus Hall (1809-1884)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description McCormick, inventor of the reaping machine, invites the President of the National Agriculture Convention to attend a demonstration of the machine. Indicates that the convention is assembled in Washington, D.C. Includes an initialed postscript. Written at the National Hotel. "Having advertised an exhibition of my Reaper, as may be observed now more fully in the 'Intelligencer' of this morning, this is to say that, if you and as many members of the Convention as can find it convenient should think proper to witness the exhibition, as above, I should be very much obliged & honored by your presence...The probability now is that tomorrow will be the better day."
Subjects Science and Technology  Patent  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Industry  
People McCormick, Cyrus Hall (1809-1884)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Science, Technology, Invention; Agriculture; Industry
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information McCormick patented his reaper in 1834, and once he began commercial manufacture of the device several years later, he proved to be a pioneer in his business methods, successfully using field trials, guarantees in advertising, and payment plans to help sell his reaper. Thanks to his manufacturing and marketing skills, and his constant improvements in the machine, McCormick remained the dominant manufacturer of reapers, even after his original patent expired in 1848.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859