Hoyt, John Wesley

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John Wesley Hoyt, 1831–1912, American educator, b. Worthington, Ohio, grad. Ohio Wesleyan Univ., 1849. In Madison, Wis., he published the Wisconsin Farmer and Northwestern Cultivator. A founder of the Republican party and first president of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, he sponsored the establishment of the state agricultural college in a reorganization of the state university. From 1878 to 1882 he was governor of Wyoming Territory and from 1887 to 1890 served as first president of the Univ. of Wyoming. He devoted his later years to the promotion of a national university.