Harry Ferguson Ltd

Harry Ferguson was born at Growell, County Down, Northern Ireland on November 4th 1884. He started off by designing ploughs for tractors. In 1925 he formed Ferguson - Sherman Inc with Eber and George Sherman in Evansville, Indiana, USA. In 1932 Ferguson started designing a tractor based around his plough system. In 1936 he and David Brown formed Ferguson-Brown Ltd, later David Brown Tractors Ltd. A company Harry Ferguson Huddersfield Ltd was created to market Ferguson's new tractor but the marketing was not successful even after the company was dissolved and a new one formed in 1937.

 In 1938 Ferguson went to the USA to talk with Henry Ford and they came to an agreement. Back in England Ferguson parted company with David Brown. Production of the "Ford Tractor with Ferguson System" began in June 1939 and continued until 1947 when Ferguson and Ford parted company. When Ford produced a tractor which used a system virtually identical to the Ferguson system Ferguson took them to court in 1948. He won the court case but it took 4 years and he settled for less than he had hoped. In 1953 Ferguson and Massey Harris formed Massey-Harris-Ferguson but Ferguson resigned as Chairman and sold his shares in 1954. Harry Ferguson died on October 25th 1960.

The collection contains records of Harry Ferguson Ltd, mainly trade literature and social records, for the period 1925-52.

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  • A full description is available on our online database

  • Reference number TR FER

Agricultural machinery business records Harry Ferguson Ltd

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