Meredith, Edwin Thomas, 1876–1928, American publisher and U.S. secretary of agriculture (1920–21), b. Avoca, Iowa. After 1896 he owned and edited the Farmers' Tribune, founded (1902) Successful Farming, and started (1922) the magazine that became Better Homes and Gardens. An unsuccessful Democratic candidate for public office, Meredith was appointed to several government posts before he entered President Wilson's cabinet.
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