Beloved professor and dean at Colorado Agricultural College, University of Idaho and Oklahoma A&M.
1870-1955 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Funding for this portrait commission was raised by William Carlyle’s students at Colorado Agricultural College, where he served as professor, beginning in 1903, and then as dean, 1905-1909.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Carlyle completed his bachelor’s degree at Toronto University and pursued graduate studies at the Provincial Dairy School in Guelph. After serving as a lecturer at Ontario Agricultural College, he moved to the United States to teach at the University of Wisconsin. There, his research focused on the food requirements of cattle and sheep. Following his six-year appointment in Colorado (during which he earned his master’s degree), Carlyle served as agriculture dean of the University of Idaho and Oklahoma A&M.
In 1919, William Carlyle returned to Canada to manage a Percheron farm in Calgary, Alberta, and soon met the Prince of Wales, who hired him to stock and manage a new farm in Calgary—the EP Ranch—named for Edward Prince. Through 1942, he continued to work for His Royal Highness, King Edward VIII, who became the Duke of Windsor after abdicating the throne in 1936. A director of a coal mining operation, Carlyle spent a short time managing the mines, before retiring in 1943.
Did You Know?
Sheep on EP Ranch, 1927 Photo credit: calgarystampede.com
Image Right: Actor "Hoot" Gibson and Ranch Manager W.L. Carlyle, 1925 Photo credit: calgarystampede.com