Daniel Massey (manufacturer)

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Daniel Massey
Born (1798-02-24)24 February 1798
Windsor, Vermont, United States
Died 15 November 1856(1856-11-15) (aged 58)
Newcastle, Upper Canada
Resting place Bowmanville Cemetery, Clarington, Ontario
Occupation blacksmith, businessman
Spouse(s) Lucina Bradley
Children Hart Massey, nine others

Daniel Massey (24 February 1798 – 15 November 1856) was a blacksmith in Newcastle, Ontario, who began production of agricultural implements in 1847.

Massey was born in Windsor, Vermont to Daniel Massey Sr. and Rebecca Kelley (The Massey family's origins are in Cheshire, England and arrived in America in around 1630 in Essex, Massachusetts and later in New Hampshire and Watertown, New York).[1]

His parents Daniel and Rebecca Massey later moved to Upper Canada some time between 1802 and 1807. He later lived and studied in Watertown, New York and returned to run his father's business. His business grew and its heir, Massey-Ferguson, is a multinational farm implement manufacturer today. The history goes back to 1847 when Daniel Massey opened a workshop to build simple farm implements in Newcastle Ontario, Canada. A decade later – also in Ontario - Alanson Harris established a foundry to make and repair farm machinery.

Massey and Harris both became pre-eminent in harvesting machinery and eventually the arch rivals merged in 1891. The new company was responsible for producing the world’s first commercially successful self-propelled combine harvester in 1938.

Massey-Harris merged with the Ferguson Company in 1953 and brought together their twin skills in harvesting machinery and tractor design to produce one of the world’s most powerful forces in farm equipment.

Massey married Lucina Bradley in 1820 and had three sons and seven daughters. Son Hart Massey also joined the family company.

Massey died in 1856 and is buried in Bowmanville Cemetery.[1]

The actor Raymond Massey was Daniel Massey's grandson (Hart Massey's son) and the actors Daniel Massey and Anna Massey his grandchildren.


  1. ^ a b "Daniel Massey (1798 - 1856) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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