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Christie, G. I. (George Irving), 1881-1953



  • Existence: circa 1881 - August 3, 1953

Biographical Information

George Irving Christie was born in Winchester, Dundas County, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) in Guelph in 1902 before migrating to the United States for post-graduate training. He acquired a B.S.A. degree in Iowa in 1903 and his D.Sc. from the same university in 1925.

Christie became secretary of the Indiana Corn Growers in 1906. In 1908 he was appointed Superintendent of Agricultural Extension. In 1917, Christie became the Indiana State Food Director. In 1918 he was appointed assistant to the United States Secretary of Agriculture in Washington and finally, the Director of the Purdue University Agricultural Experiment Station in 1920.

In 1928, Christie resigned his position at Purdue to become President of an alma mater, the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph, where he remained until 1947. As president Christie promoted the OAC to both farms and cities, utilizing the annual "Farm and Home Week" to bring tens of thousands of visitors to the campus.

Christie was granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Purdue University in 1944.


"George I. Christie." Ontario Agricultrual Hall of Fame Association. Accessed July 2, 2020.


Stated annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the trustees of Purdue University. October 21, 1953. pg. 31. Accessed July 2, 2020.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

G. I. Christie papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 18, Placement: 08
Identifier: MSF 89
Scope and Contents This collection consists of two folders containing articles by G. I. Christie.
Dates: 1913 - 1915