Purdue Agriculture Secretaries of the USDA

 

Since February 15, 1889, the United States has had 31 confirmed Secretaries of Agriculture and three Acting Secretaries. Of the 34 who have led the department, four earned Bachelor of Science degrees from the Purdue School of Agriculture.

Purdue Boilermakers who led the USDA:

Photo of Claud R. Wickard, 12th Secretary of Agriculture, 1940-1945

Claud R. Wickard, 12th Secretary of Agriculture, 1940-1945

  • Claude R. Wickard — September 5, 1940 to June 29, 1945

Camden, Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, 1915

Master Farmer of Indiana, 1927

  • Clifford M. Hardin — January 21, 1969 to November 17, 1971

Knightstown, Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, 1937

Chancellor, University of Nebraska, 1954-68

  • Earl L. Butz — December 2, 1971 to October 4, 1976

Albion, Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, 1932

Purdue Dean of Agriculture, 1957-67

  • Charles F. Conner (Acting) — September 20, 2007 to January 28, 2008

Otterbein, Indiana

Bachelor of Science – School of Agriculture, 1980

Current President of National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

 

 





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