Hon. John Dryden

A pioneer Shorthorn breeder and importer, who established a herd of reputation cattle at Maple Shade Farm.

Mr. Dryden was a leader in public affairs. He served as the first president of the Dominion Shorthorn Breeders’ Association. Between 1890 and 1905 he occupied the Portfolio of Agriculture in the Ontario government and while serving there, he expanded the activities of the department by establishing many branches and schools, including three dairy schools.

In addition, he played a leading role in promoting the settlement of northern Ontario. His efforts in this connection were recognized when the town of Dryden was named after him.

Nominated By:
  • Canadian Shorthorn Association