Accomplished Shorthorn breeder and director of the International Live Stock Exposition for fifty years.
1850-1914 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Livestock production is often a family legacy, and the Harding family of Wisconsin is one of only three livestock legacy families with three generations of honor in the Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait Gallery (the others being Booth and Funk).
Frank W. Harding, Sr., was born and raised at Anoka Farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin and partnered with his father, until the herd was dispersed in 1903. He then developed a farm at Wheaton, Illinois. His Shorthorns dominated the showring for years, and he was also a leading breeder of Cotswold, Lincoln, Shropshire, and Hampshire sheep. Frank, Sr., served as president and secretary of the American Shorthorn Breeders Association and was a director of the International Live Stock Exposition for fifty years.
In 1946, with his son, Frank, Jr., he formed Harding and Harding, importers/exporters and insurers of livestock through Lloyds of London.
Did You Know?
Whitehall Marshal 209776 Shorthorn bull bred by E.S. Kelly, Springfield, OH; Owned & shown by F.W. Harding, Waukesha, WI, also used in the Elmendorf Herd, Lexington, KY. Grand Champion at the 1904 and 1905 International plus at many state fairs , he was the most successful prize winner of the sons of Whitehall Sultan. Photo courtesy of Heritage Shorthorn Society.