| September/October 1999

When J. J. Newberry of Roebling, New Jersey, recently inquired about the Worthington tractor he owned, we were unable to turn up much in our files. We had printed one previous story on a Worthington, written by Peter Noyes in our October 1989 issue.

As is often the case, our further research turned up yet another remarkable individual at the center of the development of an American tractor. Charles Campbell Worthington was the internationally known industrialist and sportsman who developed the Worthington tractor. Thanks to the Monroe County Historical Society in Stroudsburg, Pa., we were able to find photographs of the tractors and learn quite a bit about C. C. Worthington.

C. C. Worthington was born in Brooklyn, New York, in January 1854, son of Henry R. and Sara Newton Worthington. In 1840, his father had invented the first direct-acting steam pump, the success of which led to the creation of the well known Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation.

After his 1879 marriage to Julia Apgar Hedden, C. C. Worthington lived in New York City and Irvington-on-the Hudson, and the couple had five children. A graduate of the School of Mines at Columbia University, Worthington entered the pump business, and took over the Worthington Company upon his father's death in 1880. During his tenure there, he contributed hundreds of important improvements and developments in pumps, compressors and other machines.

The business thrived, plants were opened in many European cities, and many honors were bestowed at Expositions. Perhaps his greatest achievement was during the Egyptian Sudan insurrection, when the British Army faced certain defeat unless water could be carried to them across 200 miles of desert. Worthington's successful engineering of this problem resulted in knighthood.

In addition, he administered the affairs of the Holley Steam Pump Company of Buffalo, New York, which he owned and controlled. He was a director of banks and corporations and a patron of the Metropolitan Opera and Philharmonic Societies.

George McDowell
1/13/2011 9:02:11 AM

Does anyone have any info on the availability of a snowplaw for a 1950 G Worthington Tractor George


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