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  1. Dec 5, 2022 · William Deering, (born April 25, 1826, South Paris, Maine, U.S.—died Dec. 9, 1913, Coconut Grove, Fla.), American businessman and philanthropist whose company was at one time the largest agricultural-implement manufacturer in the world. Deering helped manage his family’s woolen mill in South Paris in western Maine.

  2. William Deering (April 25, 1826 – December 9, 1913) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He inherited a woolen mill in Maine, but made his fortune in later life with the Deering Harvester Company . Life[ edit] Early life[ edit] Deering was born April 25, 1826, in South Paris, Maine.

  3. American manufacturer William Deering (1826-1913) made improvements in the grain harvester that greatly increased production of grain throughout the world. Born in South Paris, Maine, William Deering intended to study medicine but, because of his father's need for help in his woolen mill, went to work there instead.

  4. American manufacturer William Deering (1826-1913) made improvements in the grain harvester that greatly increased production of grain throughout the world. Born in South Paris, Maine, William Deering intended to study medicine but, because of his father's need for help in his woolen mill, went to work there instead.

  5. William Deering, who had inherited a family woolen mill, invested in land in the western United States and financially backed the development of agricultural machinery to make his property more valuable. In 1873, he moved his family to Illinois and assumed control of a farm equipment manufacturer, renaming it the Deering Harvester Company.

  6. William Deering’s loved of innovation, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to continually improve his harvesting machines, using cutting-edge technologies that resulted in significant increases in productivity that made commercial agriculture out west profitable. Click here to read more about William Deering. Charles Deering

  7. Deering was a gifted amateur artist, and while still in the Navy he used his free time to become acquainted with leading artists and to visit the world's great art galleries. He began a lifelong habit of collecting art, both by acknowledged masters and contemporaries. In 1876, he met the painter John Singer Sargent, who became a close friend.

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