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William Isaac Chamberlain was born in Sharon , Connecticut in 1837.
Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Ohio where he attended Western
Reserve College ( Case Western Reserve University ) and upon graduation (1859)
was appointed instructor in Greek. After six years, Dr. Chamberlain returned to
his family's farm and proceeded to study and conduct agricultural experiments
related to farm fertilizers, drainage, and crop rotation. He published his
studies in agricultural journals and became widely known for his investigations
of agricultural issues. Dr. Chamberlain was elected State Secretary of
Agriculture of Ohio (1880-1886) and was instrumental in setting up Farmers'
Institutes in every county of the state.
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