1. John Deere, who developed his first steel plow in 1837, never saw a gasoline tractor.
2. In 1918, Deere & Company entered the tractor business by acquiring the maker of Waterloo Boy tractor.
3. In 1873, John Deere was elected mayor of Moline and served for two years.
4. In 1894, Deere offered a new line of “safety” bicycles, which had two wheels that were the same size. Models included the Deere Roadster and Moline Special.
5. In 1895, Deere & Company started production of an agricultural journal called The Furrow. The magazine grew to 500,000 readers by 1907 and now is published in 14 languages within 115 countries. The magazine is credited with inventing content marketing.
6. Since 1837, Deere & Company has only had 9 CEOs.
7. 5 of the 10 Deere CEOs have been members of the Deere family.
8. Deere & Company World Headquarters was designed by Eero Saarinen, a Finish-American architect perhaps best known for the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
9. The slogan “Nothing Runs Like A Deere” was originally created for a snowmobile line, and is still used by John Deere today.
10. The leaping deer trademark has represented John Deere for more than 140 years.