Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, 1994
This document is a brief biography of John Froelich, who was inducted into the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991. Froelich was an American inventor who lived in Froelich, Iowa, a small village in northeast Iowa. He is best known for inventing the first stable gasoline/petrol-powered tractor with forward and reverse gears.
Transcript of John Froelich's Biography from Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame Pamphlet
- John Froelich was inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame for the Froelich Tractor that he invented. Why did this invention have a significant contribution to agriculture around the world?
- John Froelich founded the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company in 1893, which was purchased by John Deere in 1918. Contemplate how farming would be different if John Froelich had not invented the tractor.