John Deere was born in Rutland, Vermont, USA on February 7, 1804 and served a four-year blacksmith apprenticeship. Deere developed and began commercially manufacturing the first cast-steel plow, an advancement that aided the late 18th and early 19th century migration into the American Great Plains.
In 1868, Deere's manufacturing business was incorporated under the name Deere & Company. It was soon taken over by Deere's son, Charles, who established marketing centers and independent retail dealers to advance the company's sales nationwide. It is one of the oldest industrial companies in the United States.