The Rollin H. White Legacy

Rollin H. White’s contributions to agriculture, from 1900 to 1965.


Founder of the Cleveland Tractor Co. and the Cletrac line, Rollin H. White was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame specifically for his invention of a flash boiler that generated steam safely and rapidly in steam cars from 1900 to 1910.

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1900: Rollin H. White wins a patent for his flash boiler, designed to generate steam safely and rapidly in steam cars. He builds White Steam Touring Cars 1900-’11

1904: White wins gold medal for White Steam Touring Car at Louisiana Purchase Exposition

1909: First White gas car produced

1912: White applies for first agricultural wheel tractor patent (patent awarded 1918)

1916: Cleveland Motor Plow Co. incorporated; name soon changed to Cleveland Tractor Co. and trademarked as Cletrac. Model R crawler production begins

1916: White applies for what would become his most famed invention, controlled differential steering (patent awarded 1918)

1921: White produces Cletrac Model F, small crawler with high-drive sprocket and unit-type construction

1923: White begins production of Rollin automobile in Cleveland Tractor Co. plant; production ends 1925

1927: White introduces giant Cletrac 100. With 120 belt hp, it is the largest crawler tractor on the market at that time

1928: Cletrac offers full line of crawler tractors with five models ranging from 12 to 100 drawbar hp

1941: Cletrac-controlled differential steering systems adopted as standard feature of many U.S. military tanks used in World War II

1944: Cleveland Tractor Co. purchased by Oliver Corp., marking Oliver’s entry into crawler tractor field. Cletrac line is marketed under Oliver name

1960: White Motor Co. purchases Oliver Corp.

1962: Oliver crawler tractor production moved to Charles City, Iowa, from Cleveland

1965: Oliver crawler tractor production discontinued FC 

Learn more about Rollin H. White in Rollin H. White Honored by National Inventors Hall of Fame.

6/24/2014 6:42:28 AM

Good information about Rollin H.White, those people who invent the new things in the market they are very laborious. When car lunch first time in the market, its a good achievement for them, who make the car. At the time of making, they first discuss how to make in a proper way for the better performance. In the product, they add the technology, features for the better and how to maintain in a proper way for the long lasting is important.

5/30/2014 1:50:51 AM

Yes, in past days (in the year 1900-1910) people were using steam cars and the contribution of Rollin H. White was really appreciable as he had created the first flash boiler to generate steam which was used in steam cars. After that time in proper interval of time cars came in to the market having features more than the previous car. Now if in this century we take an example of a car, cars are now very much user friendly and have a homely comfort. So, time has changed so also technology. Now, we are having branded cars, green cars as well as electric cars. Our main responsibility for these cars is to maintain them, service them properly and take a comfort and uninterrupted drive.