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William Marion Jardine

William M. Jardine
24th Kansas State Treasurer
In office
October 3, 1933 – April 1, 1934
Governor Alfred M. Landon
Preceded by Tom Boyd
Succeeded by J. J. Rhodes
26th U.S. Minister to Egypt
In office
October 13, 1930 – September 5, 1933
President Herbert Hoover
Preceded by Franklin Mott Gunther
Succeeded by Bert Fish
9th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
March 5, 1925 – March 4, 1929
President Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Howard M. Gore
Succeeded by Arthur M. Hyde
Personal details
Born (1879-01-16)January 16, 1879
Oneida County, Idaho, United States
Died January 17, 1955(1955-01-17) (aged 76)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Resting place Logan City Cemetery in Logan, Utah, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Effie Nebeker Jardine
Children William Nebeker Jardine
Marian Jardine
Ruth Jardine
Residence Wichita, Kansas, United States
Alma mater Utah State University
Profession Educator
Religion Congregationalist

William Marion Jardine (January 16, 1879 – January 17, 1955) was a U.S. administrator and educator. He served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1925 to 1929 and as the U.S. Minister to Egypt from 1930 to 1933.


  • Early life and education 1
  • President of Kansas State University 2
  • Secretary of Agriculture 3
  • Diplomatic and Subsequent Service 4
  • Death 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Jardine was born in Oneida County, Idaho, to Rebecca and William Jardine. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Utah Agricultural College (today Utah State University) in Logan, Utah. On September 6, 1905, Jardine married the former Effie Lane Nebeker, they had three children. He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois in 1906.[1]

Jardine had a strong interest in practical farming. He was also attracted to the opportunities in education. He began his teaching in Utah, where he soon became professor of agronomy. In 1910, Jardine moved to Manhattan, Kansas to accept the position of agronomist at the Kansas State Agricultural College. Three years later, Jardine was made dean of the Division of Agriculture and was Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station.

President of Kansas State University

On March 1, 1918, Jardine became the seventh President of Kansas State University. He served until February 28, 1925, when he was succeeded by Francis D. Farrell. The office had been vacant after Henry J. Waters resigned to become managing editor of the Weekly Kansas City Star.

During his time in office, Jardine penned several handbooks, such as the "Suggestions for Teachers Giving Practical Instruction to City Boys in (a) Care and Handling of Work Horses (b) Care, Adjustment, and Use of Farm Machinery (c) Care and Handling of Dairy Cows and Milk", which was published by the Kansas State Council of Defense.

Jardine achieved an outstanding reputation for his work in agricultural education that extended far the beyond the borders of the state of Kansas.

Secretary of Agriculture

Jardine was sworn in office as the Secretary of Agriculture.

In March 5, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge appointed him U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, a position he held for the next four years.

William M. Jardine's wife, Effie Nebeker, photographed by chrysanthemums November 5, 1925.

In 1926, Jardine played an integral part in the formation of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. After the Chicago Board of Trade adopted his suggestions for regular reporting of the large trader positions, Jardine was the business conduct committee and the formation of a centralized for the clearing house.

Diplomatic and Subsequent Service

At the end of the Coolidge administration on March 4, 1929, Jardine served in President Herbert Hoover's administration as the United States Minister to Egypt from October 13, 1930 until September 5, 1933.[2][3]

After returning to Kansas in 1933, Jardine became the president of the Municipal University of Wichita. Jardine was appointed by the Kansas State Treasurer from October 2, 1933, and he took the oath the following day. He served in this capacity from October 3, 1933 until April 1, 1934.


Biographic sketch of William M. Jardine from the July 1, 1933, Register of the Department of State

Jardine was very active in education and government services until his death on January 17, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas. He is interred at the Logan City Cemetery in Logan, Utah.[4]

Jardine was a Congregationalist and was a member of a Freemasons, Rotary, Alpha Zeta, Beta Theta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Sigma Xi.

Jardine's papers are archived at Wichita State University in Kansas.[5]


  1. ^ "William Marion Jardine". NNDB. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Register of the Department of State". U.S. Department of State. January 1, 1931. 
  3. ^ "Register of the Department of State". U.S. Department of State. July 1, 1933. 
  4. ^ "William Marion Jardine". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Papers of William Jardine as Secretary of Agriculture, Diplomat and University of Wichita President, Call Number: MS 73-07". 

External links

  • "Former Secretaries". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved February 28, 2006. 
  • William M. Jardine, Kansas Historical Society
  • , Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918William M. Jardine
  • Find A Grave: William M. Jardine
  • NNDB: William M. Jardine

Political offices
Preceded by
Howard M. Gore
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Calvin Coolidge

Succeeded by
Arthur M. Hyde
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