The Rise of Riding Implements

Seats on horse-drawn implements helped boost farm productivity during and after the Civil War.

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George Brown of Galesburg, Ill., designed, patented and manufactured one of the first successful horse-drawn, riding 2-row mechanical corn planters. Charles Deere and Alvah Mansur, owners of the Deere sales branches in Kansas City and St. Louis, were so impressed with the performance of and farmer enthusiasm for Brown’s planter that they built a factory in Moline, Ill., to manufacture a similar corn planter.