Author: Cyrus McCormick


“Virginia Reaper.” (September 29, 1842)

This advertisement for the McCormick Reaper, published September 29, 1842, in the Staunton Spectator and General Advertiser and paid for by Cyrus McCormick, includes testimonies that he solicited from farmers across Virginia. They vouch for its efficacy and their farms’ increased productivity as a result of using it. This is the first instance that the reaper, invented by Robert McCormick and sold by his sons Cyrus and Leander McCormick, was called the “Virginia Reaper.”