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Charles Sumner Plumb | Inducted by 1915

Leading animal sciences educator at Ohio State University and helped formed the Indiana State Dairy Association.

1860-1939 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)



Impact & Accomplishments


Charles Sumner Plumb studied animal science in his birth state, at Massachusetts Agricultural College. After serving as associate editor of the Rural New Yorker, he directed the experiment stations in New York, Tennessee, and Indiana.


While in Indiana, he established the Indiana State Dairy Association. In 1902, Plumb accepted a teaching position at Ohio State University, serving for thirty-seven years. Professor Plumb’s many publications, including Types and Breeds of Farm Animals, were principal texts for years. He received honorary doctorates from his alma mater, Purdue University, and from Ohio State.


Although his biography was not featured in Wentworth’s 1920 catalogue of the Saddle & Sirloin collection, Alvin Sanders mentioned that Plumb was one of the early inductees into the portrait gallery in his 1915 volume, At the Sign of the Stock Yards Inn.



Did You Know?


Professor Plumb’s many publications, including Types and Breeds of Farm Animals, were principal texts for years.

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