Henry Wise Wood joined the UFA, through his membership in the Canadian Society of Equity. He assumed the Presidency of UFA after the death of James Speakman, and became the most dynamic farm and social leader of his day.
Elected President in 1916, he was consistently returned to the chairmanship until 1930. Through his forceful personality, firm voice, philosophy, and basic honesty, Wood worked hard to develop co-operation and unity among farmers. He advanced the social and economic conditions of rural Albertans, and supported the recognition of women’s rights.
When UFA formed the government in 1921, Wood declined the premiership, preferring to remain UFA president. Through his office, Wood also helped found and chaired the Alberta Wheat Pool, from 1923 – 1937, and took no pay from UFA while performing his dual leadership roles
Henry Wise Wood was a successful farmer in Missouri prior to moving to the Carstairs area in 1905. He was president of the United Farmers of Alberta 1916-1931, president of the Canadian Council of Agriculture 1917 - 1923, and president of the Alberta Wheat Pool 1923-1937.
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Henry Wise Wood, President of UFA - 1916 (in black frame)
Wood, Henry Wise
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