Johnny Appleseed By: James McWhinnie

Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman and he got his name from planting thousands of apple seeds. He was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts and died on March 18, 1845 at age 70. Johnny loved planting and growing apples and went to where it would be best for them.

Johnny was interested in books, and loved them very much. He probably learned how to grow apples by working in an apple orchard when he was a teenager. When he was 23 years old, Johnny made his move. He then began making his way towards the west near Pennsylvania. When he reached Warren, he searched for places to grow apple seeds.

By spring he found a good spot, and became a squatter, which meant that he planted crops on unclaimed lands or owned lands. When he did this, it meant that the land was his. The law in Johnny's life stated that if you planted a tree or plant on a piece of land, it meant that it was yours. He then moved to places that would benefit him the most and planted apple seeds there that he could sell.

Johnny grew his apples in a different way than most. He did not like the idea of grafting which is the process in which two trees are blinded together to make a different kind of fruit. Grafting was used to create many different types of apples, like the ones we eat today. Johnny did not like grafting because he thought that you were changing the way that the apple would be. He decided to let the apple grow the way god meant it to be and let it grow into it's true form.

Johnny Appleseed was a caring person who was in love with apple trees. He would even go through winter storms to care for his trees! He would travel all over America for a good place to plant apple seeds and saplings. Johnny would sell and give apples to people that he passed. This made Johnny Appleseed a very good businessman. Johnny died in a snow storm trying to care for some apple trees. This is who Johnny Appleseed was.

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