For decades, William Butterworth, John Deere's third president, has been the scapegoat, the person to blame for Deere's “late” entrance into the tractor business. I think it’s time to let him off the hook. Deere's tractor development program began in 1912. The industry at that time was nascent. There were thirty-one manufacturers with industry sales … Continue reading Did William Butterworth Oppose John Deere’s First Tractor?
I studied History and Classics as an undergraduate. Much of it felt so familiar, and it took some time for me to realize how much classical history surrounds us every day. From the Gemini space program and the Titan rocket, to the naming of elements such as titanium, to an athletic shoe and clothing company … Continue reading Remember the Titans: International Harvester’s Titan dominated the early tractor industry
What was the first John Deere tractor? I know the answer. I think. Well, maybe. Help me explore the candidates and put the controversy to rest.