Historic Markers Across Tennessee

William Haskell Neal

Marker ID: THC 3A 213
Location: on Trousdale Ferry Pike (TN 141), Tuckers Crossroads, TN
County: Wilson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.031    W 086° 09.876
  36.20051666    -86.1646
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMVNQX


William Haskell Neal·

Maple Dale Farm was the home of William Haskell Neal. Originator of Neal's Paymaster Corn. In 1898 he began field selection of seed corn from stalks bearing two ears. His corn breeding experimentation marked the beginning of hybrid corn in the United States. This work led to significant increases in farm productivity and to more income for farmers. In 1937 Neal was the first person inducted in to the Tennessee Agriculture Hall of Fame. He died July 10th 1934 and his remains were interred in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Tennessee Historic Commission