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Term: Hitt, Henry D. 1823 - 1907


farmer, businessman, politician, b. Danby, Vt. He moved to Wisconsin in 1847, settling on a farm near Oakfield, Fond du Lac County. A Republican, he was state assemblyman (1858). He was a member of the state board of agriculture, a director of the Wisconsin state agricultural society, and president of the Fond du Lac agricultural society. He held local offices in Oakfield, and was a regent of the Univ. of Wisconsin (1883-1889). As university regent, Hitt helped outline the program of the agricultural experiment station in 1883, and in 1885 was instrumental in creating the agriculture short-course program. After retiring from active farming, he lived in Oakfield where he was active in numerous business enterprises and was a founder and president of the Oakfield Mutual Fire Insurance Co. He was also a director of the First National Bank of Fond du Lac. Portrait and Biog. Album of Fond du Lac Co. (Chicago, 1889); R. G. Thwaites, ed., Univ. of Wis. (Madison, 1900); W. H. Glover, Farm and College (Madison, 1952); Fond du Lac Commonwealth, June 24, 1907.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of theHenry D. Hitt Papersfor details.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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