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Charles John Brand

agriculturist , economist.

Charles John Brand, American agriculturist, economist. Decorated Comehdador, Orden Al Merito, Republic of Chile, 1944.


Brand, Charles John was born on October 24, 1879 in Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota, United States. Son of Charles and Mary (Buri) Brand.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota, 1902.


Assistant curator of Botany, Field Museum, Chicago, 1902-1903. With United States Department of Agriculture, 1903-1919, In charge clover and alfalfa investigations, 1903-1909, paper plant investigation, 1909-1914, cotton handling and marketing, 1912-1919, and chief of bureau of Markets, May 15, 1913-July 1, 1919 (as such enforced presidential, proclamation governing stockyards and concerns dealing in live stock, and supervised wartime purchase and distribution of nitrate of soda for agricultural use). Vice president. and general manager American Fruit Growers, Inc., Pittsburgh, 1919-1922.

Consultant specialist in marketing, United States Department of Agriculture, 1922-1925. Executive secretary and treasurer National Fertilizer Association, 1925-1945. Executive director Fertilizer Code Authority, 1933-1935.

Director 1661 Crescent Place N.W., Inc., Washington, since 1926. President, 1928-1931, treasurer since 1943. Co-administrator of Agricultural Adjustment Act, May-October, 1933.

Delaware 1st Pan-American Financial Conference, 1915. Delegate 2d Pan-American Scientific Congress, 1915-1916. As member War Emergency Agriculture Conference, St. Louis, 1917, drew up program for regulation of storage and distributing agencies, which substantially was embodied in the Food Control and Production Acts of August 1917.

Member joint price fixing committee and cotton compression committee Council of National Defense, 1917-1918. Chairman of Commission on cotton distribution, member wool section, War Industries Board, and by exec, order in charge of liquidation wool section after dissolution of board and until June 30, 1919. Member commission on trade associations, Chamber of Commerce of the United States, 1922-1923.

Agricultural commissioner to Europe, 1923. Delegate International Congresses, Chambers Commerce, 2d, Rome, 1923, 5th, Amsterdam, 1929, 6th, Washington, 1931, 9th, Berlin, 1937. Delegate 4th International Grassland Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales, and 5th International Technology and Chemical Congress Agricultural Industries, Scheveningen, Holland, 1937.

Delegate 1st International Congress on Chemical Fertilizers, Rome, 1938. Delegate and agricultural program chairman 7th International Management Congress, 1938. Chairman American Committee on International Institute of Agriculture, Rome, Italy, since April 1937.

Delegate Pan-American Commercial Congress, 1927. Inspected agricultural and industrial conditions in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, 1942, also nitrate industry, Chile. Representative at 100th anniversary of University of Chile, 1942.


  • Author: What Economic System for America, 1945, and numerous bills, addresses and papers on agricultural and fertilizer economics, production, marketing and distribution.


Member of the board of trustees, Santiago (Chile) College Former director American Trade Association Executives. Member Agricultural and Industrial Relations committee, Western Regional Reserve Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture, Albany, California, since 1942. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Member Washington Academy Sciences, American Economic Association, Academy Political Science, Agricultural History Society (president, 1945-1946), American Soybean Association (life), Florida Plant Food Association (associate), American Marketing Association, Farm Economic Association, American Trade Association Executives, National Aeronautic Association, American Academy Political and Society Science, Sigma Xi, Trustee National. Clubs: Chevy Chase, Cosmos, National Press (Washington).


Married Mary E. Vining, December 24, 1903.

Charles Brand

Mary (Buri) Brand

Mary E. Vining