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Obed Hussey, inventor of the reaping machine, dies in freak railroad accident

Obed Hussey, detail
08/04/1860
Obed Hussey was born to a Quaker family in Maine in 1792.  He was an tireless inventor and gained fame when he patented in 1833 the first working reaping machine.  Further notoriety followed due to the long rivalry for the improvement and sale of reapers with Cyrus Hall McCormick, a contest McCormick eventually won in 1858.  Hussey died in a freak accident when he slipped and fell under the wheels of moving a train in Exeter, Maine.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Follet L. Greeno (ed.),  Obed Hussey, Who, Of All Inventors, Made Bread Cheap ... (Rochester, NY: author, 1912), 4.

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