William Rennie (horticulturist)

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William Rennie
Born(1835-03-15)March 15, 1835
DiedJuly 24, 1910(1910-07-24) (aged 75)
Swansea, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
OccupationFarmer, seed merchant, educator, writer

William Rennie was a Canadian farmer who became a successful seed merchant, educator, and writer on agriculture. [1] [2] Rennie's parents were farmers. Rennie started farming his own 120 acre section in 1860. But in 1867 he rented out his farm, moved to Toronto, and opened a seed company that sold both vegetable and floral seeds. Most of his customers purchased their seeds through a colorful mail order catalogue.

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Family of William Rennie, curling, Swansea, Christmas day, 1904. Family of William Rennie, curling party, Swansea, Ontario, Canada.jpg
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References

  1. 1 2 "William Rennie". Dictionary of Canadian Biography . Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  2. 1 2 John McCutcheon (2007). "The William Rennie Seed Company: A Corporate History". Wilfrid Laurier University . Retrieved 2015-05-01.