This Day in History

On June 21, 1834, Cyrus McCormick, successful American businessman and inventor, patented the reaping machine and contributed to the mechanization of farming.  Early Americans relied on farming for income and sustenance of their family.  The United States collected farming information from families in 1850-1880 and compiled it into agricultural censuses.  Find out how much land was in your family’s possession, the types of crops they grew, and the value of their land and farm machinery.  Maybe they even owned a McCormick reaper!  Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.  Read more here: