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John Ross Tomson | Inducted by 1920

Updated: Nov 15

Prominent Shorthorn breeder, livestock judge, journalist and president of the American Royal.

1867-1959 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)


Impact & Accomplishments


In 1886, John Tomson, along with his father and two brothers, launched T. K. Tomson and Sons, Shorthorn breeders, near Dover, Kansas. Tomson Brothers was established after the father’s death, in 1909.


John Tomson was a respected judge and livestock journalist. He was a longtime director of the American Shorthorn Breeder’s Association and its president in 1918-1919. He also served as president of the American Royal in 1926.


Did You Know?


In 1926 Kansas City, Mo. The American Royal Livestock Show invited agriculture students to participate in national livestock judging contests.

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