Hedrick, Ulysses Prentiss 1870-1951

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U. P. Hedrick as he was called was born at Independence, Iowa in 1870. He received his B.S. degree from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1893 and his M.S. from that institution in 1895. He was awarded a D.Sc. degree from Hobart College, Geneva, New York in 1913 and the L.L.P. from Utah Agricultural College in 1938.

Professor Hedrick was Assistant Horticulturist at Michigan Agricultural College from 1893 to 1895. He was professor of botany and horticulture at Oregon Agricultural College from 1895 to 1897. From 1897 to 1899 he was professor at Utah Agricultural College. From 1899 to 1905 he was professor of horticulture at Michigan. He was horticulturist at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, New York from 1905 to 1930. He had become Director of that institution in 1928 and continued in this position until his retirement in 1937.

He was a Fellow of A.A.A.S. and the New York Historical Association. He was also a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science and the American Pomological Society.

With the aid of his colleagues he became author of the following books:

Grapes of New York 1908
Plums of New York 1910
Cherries of New York 1913
Peaches of New York 1917
Manual of American Grape Growing 1919
Sturtevant's Notes on Edible Plants 1919
Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits 1921
The Pears of New York 1922
Systematic Pomology 1925
Small Fruit of New York 1925
The Vegetables of New York 1929
History of Agriculture in the State of New York 1933
Fruits for the Home Garden 1944
Grapes and Wines from Home Vineyards 1945
A History of Horticulture in America 1950

Professor Hedrick was also much concerned with apple breeding as a part of the Geneva Research Program. He was a very active pomologist and extended through his books a profound influence on his times and these publications are still frequently consulted. His last book dealing with the history of horticulture in this country is a very valuable contribution to the history of the fruit in America.