Horace Bowker

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Horace Bowker (1877 – 1954) was a farm economist[1] and businessman, born in Massachusetts and attended Harvard University. He led the American Agricultural Chemical Company from 1918[2] - 1937 during the Great Depression and was one of the business leaders of 1920s.[3] In 1931, Bowker advocated a 19-year farm relief government-sponsored program to help alleviate over-cultivation and agriculture.[4] Despite the bleak economic conditions, Bowker's tenure saw a doubling in profitability through diversification into chemical products besides fertilizers.[5]


  1. ^ "Bermuda, Thin Soiled, Gives Farmers Lessons". Reading Eagle. June 24, 1932. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Farm Chemicals. p. 26. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Anthony J. Mayo, Nitin Nohria (2005). In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century. Harvard University Press. p. 100. ISBN 1591393450. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Farmers Urged To Cut Acreage". The Pittsburgh Press. December 6, 1931. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Harvard Business School leadership database, hbs.edu.