Kentucky: By The Numbers
Kentucky: By The Numbers

Presidential Trivia

Presidential Trivia

Presidential Trivia

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This website is devoted to making the history of

the Rural Sociological Society and rural sociology more accessible.

Additions and suggestions are always welcome! 

Presidential Trivia

Below are just some tidbits of trivia about some of our presidents. Please send suggestions for additions.

David Lichter

Daniel Lichter (2010-2011) is the third RSS president to also serve as president of the Population Association of America

Maragaret Jarman Hagood

The first woman elected President of the Rural Sociological Society was Margaret Jarman Hagood (1955-1956). 

Cornelia Flora

It was 32 years before the next woman was elected RSS President: Cornelia Flora (1988-1989). 

Robert Polson

Robert Polson (1950-1951) was the first RSS President employed in an extension faculty position. 

Dwight Sanderson

Three years after serving as the 1st President of the Rural Sociological Society,
Dwight Sanderson was elected President of the American Sociological Society (later named the American Sociological Association [ASA]). 

Carl Taylor

Carl Taylor (RSS President 1939-1940) was the first president of the ASA to serve in the position while employed outside of academia. 

Charles Loomis

Charles Loomis (RSS President 1947-1948, ASA President 1967) translated Ferdinand Tönnies' Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft. He began work on it while employed in the USDA's Division of Farm Population and Rural Life. 

Bill Sewell

Bill Sewell was not only President of RSS (1954-1955), he also served as president of the ASA (1971) and the Midwestern Sociological Society (1953-1954). 

Please send suggestions, ideas, or changes to: 

Julie N. Zimmerman
Historian, Rural Sociological Society
Dr. and Mrs. C. Milton Coughenour Professor of Rural Sociology
Department of Community and Leadership Development
Graduate Faculty, Department of Sociology
500 Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
(859) 257-7583

Contact Information

Julie N. Zimmerman
Professor, Rural Sociology

500 Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 257-7583