William D. Hoard, Wisconsin's 16th governor, was born in Stockbridge, New York in 1836. His father was a Methodist minister but also a successful dairy farmer. Hoard moved to Wisconsin in 1857. In 1870, he began the publication of the Jefferson County Union, first in Lake Mills and later in Fort Atkinson. He quickly devoted much space to the problems of dairy farming. By 1885, he began the publication "Hoard's Dairyman." Hoard was elected governor in 1890 despite having little political or legislative experience.
Died: November 22, 1918.