Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

Henry Wallace

Wallace cracked TIME's list of worst Vice Presidents but was without peer when it came to farming. As the industry reeled during the Great Depression, Wallace — whose father also served as Secretary of Agriculture — presided over the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, which raised farm prices by regulating production for the first time. He also oversaw the creation of food-stamp and school-lunch programs that have survived to the present day.