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Arthur M. Hyde

Arthur M. Hyde
10th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
March 6, 1929 – March 4, 1933
President Herbert Hoover
Preceded by William M. Jardine
Succeeded by Henry A. Wallace
35th Governor of Missouri
In office
January 10, 1921 – January 12, 1925
Lieutenant Hiram Lloyd
Preceded by Frederick D. Gardner
Succeeded by Sam A. Baker
Personal details
Born Arthur Mastick Hyde
(1877-07-12)July 12, 1877
Princeton, Missouri, United States
Died October 17, 1947(1947-10-17) (aged 70)
New York City, New York, United States
Resting place Odd Fellows Cemetery in Trenton, Missouri, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hortense Clara Cullers Hyde (1881-1962)
Children Caroline Cullers Hyde
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of Iowa
Profession Politician
Religion Methodist

Arthur Mastick Hyde (July 12, 1877 – October 17, 1947) was an American Republican politician, who served as the 35th Governor of Missouri from 1921 to 1925, and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture for President Herbert Hoover from 1929 to 1933.


Hyde was born on July 12, 1877, in Princeton, Missouri, the son of Caroline Emity Mastick and Ira B. Hyde. Several of Arthur's family members were involved in the politics; his father, Ira B. Hyde, was the U.S. Representative from Missouri. His brother, Laurance M. Hyde, would become a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1899. While at the University of Michigan, he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. In 1900, he completed his law degree at the University of Iowa. Hyde began practicing law with his father in Princeton.[1] In 1911, he opened a Buick dealership.

On October 19, 1904, Hyde married Hortense Clara Cullers. They had one daughter, Caroline C. Hyde. He was elected as mayor of Princeton in 1908. He served two terms, from 1908 to 1912. In 1912, Hyde unsuccessfully ran for Missouri Attorney General as a member of the Progressive Party. In 1915, he moved to Trenton, Missouri and continued his work as a lawyer and automobile dealership owner. Hyde joined the Republican Party and spoke across Missouri for fund-raising campaigns.[1]

Secretary Arthur M. Hyde to sworn in office, as the Secretary of Agriculture, with the succeed by a William M. Jardine, (right).

Hyde was elected as Democratic Party bosses, his administration made advances in public education, roads, state parks, conservation, law enforcement, and equitable taxes.[1] Also during his time as governor, women were authorized to hold state office.[2]

Following his term as governor, Hyde returned to law practice in Kansas City and Trenton. He then served as the Secretary of Agriculture under President Herbert Hoover from March 6, 1929 until March 5, 1933. During his tenure, farm prices declined, stock prices crashed, and the Great Depression began.[1]

After his cabinet appointment, Hyde continued his work with the Methodist Church and the Republican Party. In 1935, he organized and spoke at the Conference of Methodist Laymen. He spoke for Republican candidates nationally and was the keynote speaker for the Missouri State Republican Convention in 1940.[1]

Arthur Hyde died in New York City, following from the cancer surgery on October 17, 1947, at age 70. He is buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Trenton, Missouri.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Arthur Mastick Hyde (1877-1947), Papers, 1913-1954 (C7)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Missouri Governor Arthur Mastick Hyde". National Governors Association. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

External links

  • Arthur M. Hyde at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick D. Gardner
Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Sam A. Baker
Preceded by
William M. Jardine
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Herbert Hoover

Succeeded by
Henry A. Wallace
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