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William Durham Rankin

William Durham Rankin, American farmer, stockman. Mason.


  • Rankin, William Durham was born on February 12, 1876 in Onarga, Illinois, United States. Son of William A. and Mary (Durham) Rankin.

  • Education

    • Educated Grand Prairie Seminary. Student Rush Medical College, Chicago, 1896-1897.


    • Clerk Onarga Bank, 1899-1910. Organized drainage district, Iroquois County, Illinois, 1910. President Iroquois Canning Company, 1912-1916.

      Succeeded father in live stock business at Tarkio, Missouri, 1916. Widely known for demonstration of sweet clover as a medium for increasing fertility of soil and for fattening cattle. Also known for extensive use in tiling of a system of checks by which workmen may verify surveyor’s figures and for erosion control in hilly country through certain types of dams.


    Party affiliation: Republican




    • Married Nellie May Atwood, February 21, 1914.
    • father: William A. Rankin
    • mother: Mary (Durham) Rankin
    • spouse: Nellie May Atwood
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    Born February 12, 1876
    Died March 5, 1943
    (aged 67)