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The Reaper Finds Its Market Cyrus McCormick invented his "mechanical man" in Virginia in 1831, but came to Chicago in 1847 to be closer to potential customers in the Midwestern farmland. His four-story Chicago factory would mass-produce reapers for decades to come. By 1860, McCormick Reaper Works was making over four thousand reapers a year. Wheat plantings doubled where it was in use, and Illinois became the leading wheat-producing state in the country. McCormick's family joined elite Chicago society; in 1895, his son Harold would marry a Rockefeller, John Sr.'s daughter Edith.

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