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 Earl Lauer Butz

Earl Lauer Butz

Birth
Albion, Noble County, Indiana, USA
Death 2 Feb 2008 (aged 98)
Kensington, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Plot Faith Chapel, Section CA, Level 3
Memorial ID 24339026 · View Source
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US Presidential Cabinet Member. Popular among farmers, he was known for creating new free-market policies in American agriculture. He took his first federal post, as assistant agriculture secretary under President Dwight Eisenhower, serving 1954 to 1957. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed him the 18th US Secretary of Agriculture, serving under Nixon and President Ford until 1976. During his five years in Washington, net farm income more than doubled, farm exports tripled and 60 million acres of land in the United States held out of production by the government was released. In 1972, he went to the Soviet Union and reached an agreement to increase farm exports to the Soviets, opening new International trades for US famers. After he resigned in 1976, he served as dean of Purdue University College of Agriculture, Indiana until 1987. At his death, Butz was the oldest living former Cabinet member from any administration.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 3 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24339026
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Lauer Butz (3 Jul 1909–2 Feb 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24339026, citing Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .