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Clinton Keith Tomson | 1996

A world respected livestock judge, breed executive for the American Shorthorn Association and co-founder of American Livestock Insurance Company.

1909-2002 | Artist: Richard Steward Halstead (born 1947)



Impact & Accomplishments


Like Frank Harding, his partner in the American Livestock Insurance Company, Clint Tomson was born into a family livestock legacy, breeding a top Shorthorn show herd in Kansas. He attended Kansas State University and then began his career as a fieldman at Shorthorn World.


After a few years, he was selected to fill the post of Executive Secretary of the American Shorthorn Association, the youngest major breed executive in the nation at the time. Tomson was a world-respected judge at the Palermo Livestock Show, Calgary Stampede, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Sydney Royal Easter Show, and the Perth Royal Show.


In 1993, he was awarded the Headliner Award from the Livestock Publications Council. His Saddle & Sirloin portrait was commissioned in 1996, about seventy-five years after his uncle, John Ross Tomson, was inducted into the Club.


Did You Know?


In 1952, Frank Harding and Clint Tomson, experienced stockmen, formed a partnership and founded American Live Stock Insurance Company. Frank was a rancher, cattle buyer and cattle importer/exporter through the Harding & Harding Agency. Clint was a rancher who showed cattle and eventually became the executive secretary and director of the American Shorthorn Breeders Association.


The partnership initially focused on insuring registered cattle, securing coverage on behalf of their clients through Lloyd's of London. Harding and Harding, as the partnership had always been known, held the first general livestock contract with Lloyd's of London in the United States.



Photo of James G. Tomson on horseback, viewing his herd of Shorthorn cattle. Tomson who owned a ranch near Wakarusa, Kansas. He served as president of the Kansas Livestock Association. A letter attached to the photograph indicates it was sent to Roy Freeland, Secretary, Kansas State Board of Agriculture, by Tomson's son Clint. Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society.








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