Dwight B. Heard
Dwight B. Heard (1869-1929) was a rancher in Arizona, along with the president of the Arizona Cotton Association. He is famous for publishing the Arizona Republican, now The Arizona Republic, from 1912 to 1929. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928. He died in 1929, a few months before the Heard Museum, a Native American art museum named after him was opened.
Heard moved to Chicago from Wayland, Massachusetts, shortly after high school. He began working at Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett and Company. During his time as an employee, Heard met his wife, Maie Bartlett, while being mentored by Adolphus Bartlett, the father of Maie. In 1893, they were married. Just one year later, the couple moved to Arizona after Heard was diagnosed with lung ailments. They settled in Phoenix in 1895 and decided to make it their home.
In Arizona, Heard was one of the largest landowners in the Salt River Valley. He owned the Bartlett-Heard Land and Cattle Company, which sold cattle, alfalfa, citrus trees and cotton in South Phoenix. He also was the president of the Arizona Cotton Growers' Association, and was credited for making Arizona's cotton industry more competitive. His other business interests included real estate development and investment lending. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928. In 1912 Heard purchased the Arizona Republican, now the Arizona Republic, and published it until his death in 1929. Soon after his death, the Heard Museum was founded, housing Native American artifacts the Heards had acquired during their life in Phoenix.