Portrait of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley

Title

Portrait of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley

Description

Harvey Washington Wiley (October 30, 1844, Kent, Indiana - June 30, 1930, Washington, D.C.) was a noted chemist involved with the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Wiley was offered the position of Chief Chemist in the United States Department of Agriculture by George Loring, the Commissioner of Agriculture, in 1882. Wiley brought with him to Washington a practical knowledge of agriculture, a sympathetic approach to the problems of agricultural industry and an untapped talent for public relations. After assisting Congress in their earliest questions regarding the safety of the chemical preservatives then being employed in foods. These famous "poison squad" studies drew national attention to the need for a federal food and drug law. Wiley soon became a crusader and coalition builder in support of national food and drug regulation which earned him the title of "Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act" when it became law in 1906. In 1912, Wiley resigned and took over the laboratories of Good Housekeeping magazine where he established the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and worked tirelessly on behalf of the consuming public.

Creator

DCPL Commons

Date

Circa 1900

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Portrait_of_Dr._Harvey_W._Wiley.jpg

Relation

Rights

DCPL Commons

Publisher

DCPL Commons

Contributor

DCPL Commons

Format

Illustration

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Harvey Wiley, Chemistry, Agriculture, Federal, Food Safety

Coverage

United States

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Portrait_of_Dr._Harvey_W._Wiley.jpg

Reference

DCPL Commons, Portrait of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, DCPL Commons, Circa 1900

Cite As

DCPL Commons, “Portrait of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 13, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/672.