W.C. Abbott, Sr.

Walter C. Abbott Sr.
Ascension Parish/State 4-H Office
Year Inducted: 2008

Walter C. Abbott contributed 52 years to the Louisiana 4-H program and served as the State 4-H Leader from 1919-49. He implemented the organization for standard 4-H Clubs for both boys and girls, helped develop the Junior Livestock Shows, organized the concepts of parish Achievements Days, oversaw the building of the state 4-H camp at Camp Grant Walker and organized the first Junior Leadership, wildlife and forestry camps. He also developed a self-financing program for educational trips that ensured trips for contest winners even during the Depression years. W.C. Abbott served on many regional and national committees and continued to serve as a 4-H volunteer after his retirement. A man of many firsts in Louisiana 4-H, Abbott became known as “Mr. 4-H.” He was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2006.

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