Our roots go back to 1837 and John Deere's one-man blacksmith shop. We're proud of this heritage and are excited about a future full of opportunities to help meet the world's growing need for food, shelter, and infrastructure.
We're celebrating all of this in 2012, our 175th anniversary, and we hope you'll join in.
The man behind the name
He had nine children (Francis, Charles, Hiram, Jeannette, Ellen, Frances, Emma, Alice, and Mary) with his wife, Demarius Lamb.
One year after Demarius died, he married her sister, Lucenia.
He was an active abolitionist.
He hand-delivered books and candles to local schools.
Always the innovator, he cooled his Moline home using a large clay pipe that pulled cool air from the ground and circulated it through the house.
The Plow that Started it All
In 1837, John Deere was a typical blacksmith turning out hayforks, horseshoes, and other essentials for prairie life. Then one day, a broken steel sawmill blade gave him an opportunity.Read more about John Deere's steel plow
Our Heritage of Values
Deere & Company is one of the world's most admired businesses - an achievement that's the result of 175 years of hard work and dedication. We work every day to uphold our founder's core values: integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. These are more than ideals we work toward. We live them. We breathe them. These values are the driving force in how we work, and are behind every product, service and opportunity we offer you.Read more about our core values.