Edwin T. Meredith
Early life before politics
Meredith was born in Avoca, Iowa, to son of Minerva Jane (Marsh) and Thomas Oliver Meredith. Meredith attended Highland Park College in Des Moines. In 1894, he became the general manager of Farmer's Tribune a Populist newspaper run by his grandfather.
Meredith was married, the former Edna Clara Eliott on January 8, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Meredith had two children, (Edwin T. "Ed" Meredith II, and Mildred M. Bohen). Meredith ran the paper from 1896 until 1902. In 1902 Meredith started his own company and began publishing Successful Farming, which had built its subscriber base to 100,000 by 1908. Meredith served as vice president and president of the Agricultural Publishers Association. Because of his successful business, Meredith was named to the board of directors from United States Chamber of Commerce from 1915–1919, and again from 1923–1928.
Once a member of the Populists Party he became a Democrat running unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat from Iowa in 1914. In 1916 he ran for the office of Governor for the state of Iowa, again unsuccessfully. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to the Treasury Department's Advisory Committee on Excess Profits.
When David F. Houston resigned, and ran for Secretary of the Treasury. Meredith was appointed by Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of Agriculture from February 2, 1920 until March 4, 1921. That same year, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the presidency from cabinet members, before the presidential candidate from election in 1920 campaign's speech.
Life after politics
He retiring from ended Wilson's cabinet, and he returned to publishing, to buying the Dairy Farmer in 1922. He also started Fruit, Garden, and Home in 1922. that later in 1924, he changed its name to the now famous Better Homes and Gardens. Meredith was on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 1918–1920.
His company, the Meredith Corporation continued. After his death on June 17, 1928, at the age of 51, in Des Moines, Iowa, and was buried from the Glendale's of Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.
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David F. Houston
|U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Woodrow Wilson
February 2, 1920 – March 4, 1921
Henry C. Wallace