Henry George

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Henry George was born in County Down, Ireland back in 1884. In 1902, he was working with his brother Joe fixing bicycles and car repair business. Henry became fascinated with the Wright brothers flying machine. He convinced his brother that they should build an aircraft, so they began the development and building of an aircraft.

After completion of building it, it was transported to Hillsborough Park. On December 31, 1909 Henry was the first Irishman to fly and the first Irishman to build and fly his own plane. He then turned his attention to the tractor. He noticed first-hand the issues getting the tractor to attach an implement, so he devised the first three-point hitch system for the modern-day tractor.

He later was the first person to design a four-wheel drive system for the Formula 1 race cars and the Range Rover.

What you may not know about Henry George Ferguson is that he and his partner Massey Harris merged to make the farm tractor currently known as the Massey-Ferguson Tractor Company. They are beautiful and are well worth the money. He died in 1960, he as 75.

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Barbara Tattersall
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You find such interesting and creative contributors to our world, James.  Thank you!

Dec 16, 2019 03:03 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray and there are farmers throughout the world who are grateful...

Dec 16, 2019 03:39 AM #2
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. Henry had a knack for tinkering that paid off. Enjoy your day!

Dec 16, 2019 04:12 AM #3
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Donald Urschalitz
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Wow, he sure had a great run of fine inventions. Make you Monday a good one.

Dec 16, 2019 04:39 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, James... even a city girl like me has heard of Massey-Ferguson tractors! Now I know some of the story behind them.

Dec 16, 2019 05:22 AM #5
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - it seems as if Henry didn't stop thinking...what an inventive guy...  

Dec 16, 2019 05:42 AM #6
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

Yes, a great invention and a fantastic tractor; having used both many times.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 16, 2019 05:48 AM #7
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faye schubert
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I wasn't familiar with Massey-Ferguson until I visited Illinois, Iowa and farming USA. 

Dec 16, 2019 05:56 AM #8
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Brian England
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He developed things that are very practical and useful, that is the best way to achieve success!

Dec 16, 2019 07:19 AM #9
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That are quite a few accomplishments and having a company outlast you is a great thing.

Dec 16, 2019 07:23 AM #10
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. No I didn't know but I guessed while reading the post. Good one.

Dec 16, 2019 07:37 AM #11
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Hi James Dray - I have never heard of the Massey-Ferguson tractor.  I am on my way to look it up!

Dec 16, 2019 08:29 AM #12
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James,

While living in Minnesota, I saw many Massey-Ferguson tractors as well as John Deere. I always enjoy your morning post.  A

Dec 16, 2019 09:07 AM #13
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Hi James- Larry's family has farmland in Iowa but there is a tenant on it. I wonder if he has John Deere or Massey -Ferguson??

Dec 16, 2019 10:18 AM #14
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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James, the Massey Ferguson tractors are a work of art - strong and functional and a beauty to look at.

Dec 16, 2019 08:31 PM #15
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Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting history of  Henry George Ferguson. Great tractors.

Dec 16, 2019 09:42 PM #16
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Living in an agricultural State I had a hunch as to where you were going with this one James Dray .

Dec 17, 2019 08:33 AM #17
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It is a marvel how the inquisitiveness and desire to solve a problem can lead to so many inventions innovations.

Dec 18, 2019 10:04 AM #18
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Great story and interesting to see how things evolve.  All done without computers... 

Jan 14, 2020 10:34 AM #19
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