John Fowler was born in Melksham, Wiltshire, England back in 1826. When he left school, he worked for a local corn merchant. However, in 1847 he joined an engineering firm in Middlesbrough where he was working with steam locomotives and winding machines.
In 1849, on a business trip to Ireland during the potato famine he noticed something that he worked on for the remainder of his short life. He demonstrated his invention at the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1854, and as they say the rest is history. In 1856, he received a patent for his invention. His work took a toll on his health. He was advised to take some time off and he retired to Ackworth, England to recuperate. While on a hunting trip he fell sustaining a compound fracture to his arm. As a result, he developed tetanus and died in 1864, he was 38.
What you may not know about John is that he invented and developed the first steam powered tractor used for plowing and digging drainage channels.
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