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Franklin Hiram King

(June 8, 1848 - August 4, 1911)

If you have ever seen a typical round, tower silo, well this is the man who created the design.

Franklin Hiram King was an agricultural scientist, who taught at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture in Madison. He established Departments of Farm Engineering and Soil Engineering while there.

In 1889 he designed and built a round, cylindrical barn, which was stronger than other forms and reduced spoilage. It became the model for the standard tower silo found all over the world today. Frank Lloyd Wright may have been influenced by King's geometric designs.

 

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