THE MODERN PLOW.
A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE, SERVICES, AND TRIALS;
TOGETHER WITH FACTS SUBSEQUENT TO
HIS DEATH, AND INCIDENT TO
HIS GREAT INVENTION.
“No citizen of the United States has conferred greater
economical benefits on his country than Jethro Wood—none
of her benefactors have been more inadequately
rewarded.”—Wm. H. Seward.
RHODES & McCLURE.
immediate occasion of this little volume was a malignant
misrepresentation from the pen of Ben: Perley Poore.
With slight variation from the original text, the words
of Thomas Jefferson about Benjamin Franklin and his
maligners, quoted in the body of this monograph, apply
to this case: I have seen with extreme indignation the
blasphemies lately vended against the memory of the
father of the American plow. But his memory will be
venerated as long as furrows are turned and soil tilled.
The present object, however, is not so much to refute
falsehood as to establish the truth, and make it a part
of the permanent knowledge of the public. To the extent
that this object shall be attained, will these labors be
It is not the design of this publication to disparage
any one; on the contrary, it is desired to give ample
credit to all who contributed to the solution of the
plow problem. If only brief mention is made of others,
it is because they really deserved but little credit, or
their merits are forever buried in obscurity. It is
proposed to set forth without exaggeration, the claims