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James Henry Pickrell | Inducted by 1915

The first president of the American Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, and later its secretary.

1834-1901 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)



Impact & Accomplishments


The first president of the American Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, and later its secretary, J. Henry Pickrell was born in Sangamon County, Illinois.


He strengthened the herds on his Harristown farm with stock purchased in Kentucky. In 1877, Pickrell partnered with J. H. Kissinger, to establish herds in Harristown and in Clarksville, Missouri, and in the 1880s, he formed a partnership with Thomas and Smith of Kentucky.


Pickrell acquired the registration records to strengthen the American Shorthorn Breeders’ Herd Book and was a popular livestock columnist, for Country Gentleman and other publications.



Did You Know?


Pickrell was a popular columnist for The Country Gentleman.

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