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John Deere History

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Since its founding in 1837, John Deere history has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services.

Past Leaders
The quality of a company is expressed through the quality of its leadership. For nearly 175 years, John Deere has benefitted by strong, decisive leaders at its helm, dedicated to the core principles of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation.

View biographies of those who have steered our company through good times and bad.
In 1837, John Deere, blacksmith and inventor, had little more than a blacksmith shop, a piece of discarded polished steel, and an idea that would help farmers, changing the face of agriculture for all time.

View the John Deere timeline.
One of the world's most recognized corporate logos, the leaping deer trademark has been a symbol of quality John Deere products for more than 135 years.

Evolution of the John Deere trademark.

John Deere today

Today, Deere & Company is one of the world’s most admired businesses. It was no accident. We work every day to uphold our founder's core values. Because integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation are not ideals we work towards. We live them. We breathe them. These values are the true essence of how we work and are in every product, service and opportunity we offer you. 

Read more about our core values.