William Marion Jardine
|24th Treasurer of Kansas|
October 3, 1933 – April 1, 1934
|Preceded by||Tom Boyd|
|Succeeded by||J. J. Rhodes|
|26th United States Minister to Egypt|
October 13, 1930 – September 5, 1933
|Preceded by||Franklin Gunther|
|Succeeded by||Bert Fish|
|9th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
March 5, 1925 – March 4, 1929
|Preceded by||Howard Gore|
|Succeeded by||Arthur M. Hyde|
William Marion Jardine
January 16, 1879
Oneida County, Idaho, U.S.
|Died||January 17, 1955 (aged 76)|
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Utah State University, Logan (BS)|
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
William Marion Jardine (January 16, 1879 – January 17, 1955) was a U.S. administrator and educator. He served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1925 to 1929 and as the U.S. Minister to Egypt from 1930 to 1933.
Early life and education
Jardine was born in Oneida County, Idaho, to Rebecca and William Jardine. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Utah Agricultural College (today Utah State University) in Logan, Utah. On September 6, 1905, Jardine married the former Effie Lane Nebeker; they had three children. He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1906.
Jardine had a strong interest in practical farming. He was also attracted to the opportunities in education. He began his teaching in Utah, where he soon became professor of agronomy. In 1910, Jardine moved to Manhattan, Kansas to accept the position of agronomist at the Kansas State Agricultural College. Three years later, Jardine was made dean of the Division of Agriculture and was Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station.
President of Kansas State University
On March 1, 1918, Jardine became the seventh President of Kansas State University. He served until February 28, 1925, when he was succeeded by Francis D. Farrell. The office had been vacant after Henry J. Waters resigned to become managing editor of the Weekly Kansas City Star.
During his time in office, Jardine penned several handbooks, such as the "Suggestions for Teachers Giving Practical Instruction to City Boys in (a) Care and Handling of Work Horses (b) Care, Adjustment, and Use of Farm Machinery (c) Care and Handling of Dairy Cows and Milk", which was published by the Kansas State Council of Defense.
Jardine achieved an outstanding reputation for his work in agricultural education that extended far beyond the borders of the state of Kansas.
Secretary of Agriculture
In 1926, Jardine played an integral part in the formation of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. After the Chicago Board of Trade adopted his suggestions for regular reporting of the large trader positions, Jardine was the business conduct committee and the formation of a centralized for the clearing house.[clarification needed]
United States Minister to Egypt
At the end of the Coolidge administration on March 4, 1929, Jardine served in President Herbert Hoover's administration as the United States Minister to Egypt from October 13, 1930 until September 5, 1933.
President of Municipal University of Wichita
After returning to Kansas in 1933, Jardine became the president of the Municipal University of Wichita (currently known as Wichita State University). Jardine was appointed by the Kansas State Treasurer from October 2, 1933, and he took the oath the following day. He served in this capacity from October 3, 1933 until 1949.
- "William Marion Jardine". NNDB. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "Register of the Department of State". U.S. Department of State. January 1, 1931.
- "Register of the Department of State". U.S. Department of State. July 1, 1933.
- A Brief History of Wichita State University
- "William Marion Jardine". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "Papers of William Jardine as Secretary of Agriculture, Diplomat and University of Wichita President, Call Number: MS 73-07".
- "Former Secretaries". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved February 28, 2006.
- William M. Jardine, Kansas Historical Society
- William M. Jardine, Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918
- William Marion Jardine at Find a Grave