Ladd, Edwin Fremont

Ladd, Edwin Fremont,

1859–1925, American chemist and political leader, b. Somerset co., Maine. From 1890 to 1916 he was dean of the school of chemistry and pharmacy at the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State Univ.) and later (1916–21) was president of the college. He served (1902–21) as food commissioner of North Dakota; his campaign against adulterated food products and his efforts to protect the farmers from speculators and distributors brought him national prominence. With the support of the Nonpartisan LeagueNonpartisan League,
in U.S. history, political pressure group of farmers and workers organized in 1915 and led by a former socialist, Arthur C. Townley, who believed that the solution to the farmers' troubles lay in united political action.
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, he was elected (1920) to the U.S. Senate and thereafter was associated with the farm bloc. For his support of Robert M. La FolletteLa Follette, Robert Marion
, 1855–1925, American political leader, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (1906–25), b. Primrose, Wis. Early Career

Admitted (1880) to the Wisconsin bar, he practiced in Madison, Wis.
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 in the presidential campaign of 1924 he was expelled from the Republican party.
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Ladd, Edwin Fremont

(1859–1925) educator, U.S. senator; born in Starks, Maine. As a chemist and president of North Dakota State Agricultural College, he led a statewide campaign for pure food testing. A progressive, he was elected to the U.S. Senate (Rep., N.Dak.; 1921–25).
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