National farm leader and leading Angus breeder and judge.
1862-1929 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
A member of the executive committee when the International Live Stock Exposition was founded, Oscar E. Bradfute was raised on Meadow Brook, a Xenia, Ohio, Shorthorn farm.
Three years after graduating from Indiana University in 1884, he established an Angus herd at Meadow Brook and quickly became a leading breeder, winning several International championships.
He was president of the American Angus Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Bradfute judged at the International, the American Royal Live Stock Show, and many state fairs. He was a trustee of Ohio State University, Cedarville College, and the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station.
Did You Know?
Bradfute served on commissions named by Presidents Wilson and Coolidge.
The Coolidges are standing with Oscar Bradfute, to the President’s left, in a picture taken in Chicago before Coolidge’s address at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago during the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention on December 7, 1925. Source: The Importance of the Obvious Blog 2013.