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Term: Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918

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William Dempster Hoard, 1912 (WHI-26649)

newspaperman, dairyman, politician, governor, b. Stockbridge, N.Y. He was educated in the rural schools, and qualified as a lay Methodist minister, although he did not serve in the pulpit. In 1857 he moved to Wisconsin, and worked on farms in Dodge County until 1861. During the Civil War he served as a musician with the 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (1861-1862); he was discharged because of medical disabilities, recuperated in Munnsville, N.Y., and later served briefly in the 1st New York artillery. Returning to Wisconsin in 1865, he entered the nursery business in Columbus, but was soon left penniless when Wisconsin's speculative hop-growing industry was ruined by a glutted market and a disastrous drop in prices. In 1870 he began publication of the Jefferson County Union at Lake Mills, and in 1873 transferred the newspaper to Fort Atkinson. He was editor (1870-1884) and co-editor (1884-1918) of this paper. After 1911 the paper was officially published by W. D. Hoard and Sons Co. A pioneer in the promotion of scientific dairy farming and the "special purpose dairy cow," Hoard was instrumental in organizing county dairymen's associations, and in 1872 helped establish the Wisconsin Dairyman's Association. He also played a major role in establishing farmer's institutes (1884) and the state's first dairy board. Hoard advocated tuberculin tests for dairy cows and was one of the first men in Wisconsin to recognize the value of alfalfa and the silo for use in cattle feeding. He was instrumental in persuading the railroads to provide special low-rate refrigeration service to New York, and thus aided in greatly expanding the Wisconsin dairy market. In 1885 he established Hoard's Dairyman, and by 1918 it had gained world renown as one of the foremost agricultural journals. A Republican, Hoard was elected governor in 1888, and served one term (1889-1891). During his administration, Hoard established the state dairy and food commission, but his hope of further agricultural reform was cut short when his defense of the state Bennett Law, combined with nationwide agrarian discontent and the currency issue, led to his defeat in the Democratic landslide of 1890. After leaving the governor's office, Hoard continued his fight for regulation of the quality of dairy and agricultural products, and vigorously opposed attempts to legalize dairy substitutes. He was for a time a strong supporter of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (q.v.), but broke with him after La Follette was elected to the U.S. Senate. Hoard aided in founding the state's system of county normal schools and county agricultural schools, and was a member (1907-1911) and president (1908-1911) of the board of regents of the Univ. of Wisconsin. View more information. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Wis. Blue Book (1889); Who's Who in Amer., 10 (1918); W. D. Hoard Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the William Dempster Hoard Papers for details.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

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Armstrong Creek, Town of, Forest Co.
Babcock, Joseph Weeks 1850 - 1909
Baensch, Emil 1857 - 1939
Baker, Ray Stannard [David Grayson] 1870 - 1946
Bancroft, Levi Horace 1861 - 1948
Barton, Albert Olaus 1870 - 1947
Beck, Joseph David 1866 - 1936
Berceau, Terese 1950
Blaine, John James 1873 - 1934
Bolens, Harry Wilbur 1864 - 1944
Bosshard, Otto 1876 - 1943
Brown [Willis], Olympia 1835 - 1926
Bryant, George Edwin 1832 - 1907
Capitol fire (1904)
Carpenter, Tim
Chvala, Chuck 1954
Chynoweth, Herbert William 1848 - 1906
Commons, John Rogers 1862 - 1945
Connor, William Duncan 1864 - 1944
conservation movement
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Crownhart, Charles Henry 1863 - 1930
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Gale, Zona 1874 - 1938
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Gelatt, Roland Bernard 1856 - 1917
governors
Haight, Theron Wilber 1840 - 1913
Handley, John Joseph 1876 - 1941
Hannan, John Joseph 1866 - 1946
Hatton, William H. 1856 - 1937
Haugen, Nils Pederson 1849 - 1931
Heil, Julius Peter 1876 - 1949
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Holmes, Frederick Lionel 1883 - 1946
Hough, Maxine 1961
Houser, Walter L. 1855 - 1928
Huber, Henry Allen 1869 - 1933
Hull, Merlin 1870 - 1953
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kohler, Walter Jodok 1875 - 1940
Kronshage, Theodore Jr. 1869 - 1934
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931
La Follette, Bronson C. 1936
La Follette, Douglas J.
La Follette, Philip Fox, 1897-1965
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. (1855-1925)(Histori
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953
La Follette, Town of, Burnett Co.
La Follette, Town of, Forest Co.
Lafollette
Lassa, Julie M. 1970
Lenroot, Irvine Luther 1869 - 1949
Levitan, Solomon 1862 - 1940
Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921
Mcgovern, Francis Edward 1866 - 1946
Myrick, Harry Pierce 1857 - 1916
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Olbrich, Michael Balthasar 1881 - 1929
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
primary elections in Wisconsin
Progressive Movement
Sawyer, Philetus 1816 - 1900
Schilling, Robert 1843 - 1922
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Scofield, Edward 1842 - 1925
Siebecker, Robert George 1854 - 1922
Sinicki, Christine 1960
Skindrud, Richard A. 1944
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stevens, Edmond Ray 1869 - 1930
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Travis, David M. 1948
Von Cotzhausen, Frederick William 1838 - 1924
Whitehead, John Meek 1852 - 1924
Wilcox, Roy Porter 1873 - 1946
Wilder, Amos Parker 1862 - 1936
Youmans, Theodora Winton, 1863 - 1932

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