Clifford M. Hardin

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Clifford M. Hardin
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Hardin visits the University of Nebraska in 1959.
17th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
January 21, 1969 – November 17, 1971
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Orville L. Freeman
Succeeded by Earl L. Butz
Personal details
Born (1915-10-09)October 9, 1915
Knightstown, Indiana, United States
Died April 4, 2010(2010-04-04) (aged 94)
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Wood Hardin
Children Susan Carol "Sue" Hardin
Clifford Wood Hardin
Cynthia Wood Hardin
Nancy Ann Hardin
James Alvin Hardin
Alma mater Purdue University
Michigan State University
Profession Politician

Clifford Morris Hardin (October 9, 1915 – April 4, 2010) was an American politician and was the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska. He served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1969 to 1971 under President Richard Nixon.


Hardin was born in Knightstown, Indiana, on October 9, 1915, to J. Alvin and Mabel (née Macy) Hardin. He earned a B.S. (1937), M.S. (1939) and Ph.D. (1941) from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. On June 28, 1939, Hardin married the former Martha Love Wood. They had two sons and three daughters.

He taught Agricultural Economics at the Michigan State University of Lansing from 1944 to 1948, when he became the assistant director and then the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. He did some post-doctoral work during the 1940s at the University of Chicago where he did research in agricultural economics with future Nobel Prize winner, Theodore Schultz.[1] Hardin became the school's Dean of Agriculture in 1953 and was the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska from 1954 to 1968.[2]

On January 21, 1969, Hardin served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by President Richard Nixon. As the Secretary, Hardin extended the food stamp program and established both the Food and Nutrition Service (to administer from the food programs for a poor) and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (to coordinate the efforts of state and local officials). Hardin resigned on November 17, 1971 and was replaced by Earl L. Butz.

Hardin died from kidney disease and congestive heart failure in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 4, 2010, at the age of 94.[3]

His daughter, Nancy H. Rogers, married Douglas L. Rogers, the son of Secretary of State William P. Rogers. His other daughter, Cynthia H. Milligan, was married to Robert Milligan.


  1. ^ Sumner, Daniel A. Agricultural Economics at Chicago, in David Gale Johnson, John M. Antle. The Economics of Agriculture: Papers in honor of D. Gale Johnson. University of Chicago Press, 1996 p 14-29
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Political offices
Preceded by
Orville L. Freeman
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Richard Nixon

Succeeded by
Earl L. Butz