William Dempster Hoard Statue

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected 1922 by University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43.075009,-89.410274

The status is located south of Agricultural Hall, at the T-intersection of Henry Mall and Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: The statue is made of bronze and marble.

Nestled in a garden, Gutzon Borglum’s sculpture of William Dempster Hoard is appropriately sited near the entrance to Agricultural Hall. Considered the father of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, Hoard advocated for high standards and regulation at a time of agricultural modernization. He contributed to the early development of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and served as the 16th Governor of Wisconsin (1889-1891). Hoard gazes out distantly as if surveying land. Reclining rabbits flank each side of the bronze bust while carved cows peacefully graze in the marble panels below. 

Gutzon Borglum is best known for carving Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and Stone Mountain near Atlanta. Although recognized for his work in stone, Borglum’s bronze monuments can be found throughout the United States. William Dempster Hoard nicely fuses both bronze and stone. Of the sculpture, the commissioning committee believed it “will be in daily view of thousands of students in the years to come, and will serve as an inspiration to lead them to a far better appreciation of the dignity of farming.” A plaster mold for the bust remains on view at the Hoard Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
The foregoing content used with gracious permission of UW-Madison.

Wisconsin Historical Society Historical Essay: Hoard, William Dempster, 1836-1918

Fort Atkinson Historical Society: Hoard Historical Museum

Wikipedia: William D. Hoard

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William D. Hoard (1836-1918)
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The Agricultural Hall is behind the Hoard statue.


The statue is located on the campus of UW-Madison.

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