Charles V. Truax

From Ohio History Central

Charles Vilas Truax was Ohio's second Director of Agriculture. The Director of Agriculture served as the head of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Truax was born on February 1, 1887, in Wyandot County, Ohio. He graduated from Sycamore High School in Sycamore, Ohio. He never attended college. Upon graduating from high school, Truax became a farmer. He became especially known for raising and breeding Duroc swine. His pigs were in demand worldwide. From 1916 to 1921, Truax edited Swine World. In 1923, Ohio Governor Alvin V. Donahey appointed Truax as Ohio's second Director of Agriculture. Truax held this position until 1929. He resigned from the office following an unsuccessful campaign for a seat in the United States Senate. Undaunted with his earlier loss, in 1932, Truax won election to the United States House of Representatives. He won reelection in 1934, but Truax died on August 9, 1935, before his second term ended.