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Sam Higginbottom


Sam Higginbottom, British missionary. Decorated Kaiser-I-Hind, gold medal by Indian Government, 1924, bar added, 1943; King George Silver Jubilee medal, 1935: Coronation medal, 1937. for service in India (wife also awarded same decorations); American Agricultural.


Higginbottom was born in Manchester, England. He grew up in poverty, leaving school early and working at different times as a butcher's boy, cab driver, and milk deliverer.


Came to United States, 1894. Student Mount Hermon (Massachusetts) School, 1894-1899. Student Amherst College, Master of Science (honorary), 1928, D.L.H., 1940.

Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1903, Master of Arts, 1911, Doctor Philanthropy, 1925. Bachelor of Science in Agriculure, Ohio State University, 1911, Doctor of Science, 1952. Doctor of Laws, Western Reserve University, 1939.


Early However, he had a strong youthful interest in the Christian gospel, and resolved to become a preacher or missionary. Higginbottom continued his education at Amherst College and Princeton University in the United States, receiving a bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1903. From then until 1909 he taught economics and science in Allahabad Christian College (now Ewing Christian College).

They had five children together. In 1909, he returned to the United States and spent three years studying agriculture at Ohio State University, after which he went back to Allahabad to teach scientific methods of farming. His educational programs grew into the founding of Allahabad Agricultural Institute in 1919.

Higginbottom wrote two books: a book about his work published in 1921 and an autobiography published in Higginbottom's papers are housed at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Library at the University of Virginia.


  • In 2009, Allahabad Agricultural Institute was rechristened as Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHIATS) in honour of the founder.


  • Other Work

    • Editor’s Association nat. award, 1952. Author: The Gospel and the Plow, 1921. What Does Jesus Expect of His Church, 1940.Sam Higginbottom. Farmer (autobiog.), 1949. Address


Married Jane Ethlind Cody, October 28, 1904. Children: Gertrude Cody, Sam Ashton, Elizabeth Baines, Henry Cody, Jane E., David Baines.

Samuel Higginbottom

Jane (Baines) Higginbottom

Jane Ethlind Cody

Jane E. Higginbottom

Gertrude Cody Higginbottom

David Baines Higginbottom

Elizabeth Baines Higginbottom

Sam Ashton Higginbottom

Henry Cody Higginbottom