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George H. Harding | Inducted 1905

Noted Shorthorn cattle and Cotswold sheep breeder and Mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

1840-1909 | 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).

George Harding was born in Pittsfield, New York, and raised in Ohio. Harding moved to Wisconsin in 1860, and in 1869, he purchased the first 160 acres of what would become Anoka Farm, in Waukesha. There, he bred Shorthorn cattle and Cotswold sheep.

He was president of the Wisconsin Shorthorn Breeders’ Association and served as mayor of Waukesha. George Harding owned steel and iron fabricating plants in that town.

Did You Know?

Chicago Livestock World 7 January 1903. University of Illinois Digital Newspaper collection.

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