Bert Benjamin papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, photographs of farm implements and family, and research materials. Topics discussed in the papers include the Farmall tractor, the International Harvester Company, cotton production, a study on automobile tires, and genealogical materials relating to the Benjamin family. The papers also include a poem Mr. Benjamin wrote entitled “Snap Shots”, and a variation of Bridge (card game) he developed.
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Open for research.
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Bert Benjamin was born December 17, 1870 in Newton, Iowa. He received a B.S (1893) from Iowa State College (University).
Mr. Benjamin worked as a draftsman-designer (1893-1940) for McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which merged with several other farm implement companies in 1902 to form the International Harvester Company (IHC). In 1910, he was named supervisor for the McCormick Works experimental department. During his years with IHC, Mr. Benjamin was granted 140 patents for tractors and tractor accessories, including a cotton picker, corn shredder, and corn binder. He also developed the power take-off system. Mr. Benjamin is best known for developing the Farmall tractor, the first tractor that could plow and cultivate row crops.
Bert Benjamin was awarded the Cyrus Hall McCormick Gold Medal by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1943) and the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering from Iowa State University.
Mr. Benjamin passed away in October 1969.
0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)
The collection is organized Alphabetically.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- Agricultural machinery--Design and construction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Farm tractors--United States--History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- International Harvester Company
- McCormick Harvesting Machine Company
- Tractors--Design and construction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- RS 21/7/57. Bert Benjamin papers, 1893-1968
- January 15, 2019
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