About this Famous Person
Henry A. WALLACE
33rd Vice President of the United States
Source : Tim DOWLING
The Wallace family was of Scotch Irish Presbyterian stock, and had originally emigrated from Ulster, Ireland to Pennsylvania. Henry Agard Wallace's grandfather, Henry Wallace or "Uncle Henry", was a former Presbyterian minister who preached the "social gospel". As a large landowner in Iowa "Uncle Henry" was an advocate of "scientific farming" and helped organize The Farmers' Protective Association, Agricultural Editors Association, and the Iowa Improved Stock Association, becoming the editor of the Iowa Homestead, the state's largest and most important farm publication. He viewed it as his life mission to serve God by helping his fellow farmers.
Henry Wallace's son, and Henry Agard Wallace's father, was Henry Cantwell Wallace, a farmer, newspaper editor, university professor and author, who would serve as the Secretary of Agriculture in the Republican administrations of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Henry Agard was born on October 7, 1888, at a farm near the village of Orient, Iowa, in Adair County, but the family later moved to Des Moines. Wallace's mother, née May Brodhead, was deeply religious. She had been to college and was trained in music and art. May Wallace shared her love of plants with her son while he was still a boy, teaching him to cross-breed pansies. When the African-American "plant doctor" and future agronomist George Washington Carver became a student and later an instructor at Iowa State University, the Wallaces took him into their home, as racial prejudice prevented Carver from living in the dorm.
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