Circleville Native Receives SAR Silver Good Citizenship Award
Compatriot John A. Stevenson received the Sons of the American Revolution Silver Good Citizenship Medal at the SAR Camp Charlotte Chapter’s May 26th meeting in Circleville, Ohio. Stevenson, a member of the SAR since 2007, is a descendant of Patriot Joshua McKenzie (1764-1835), a drummer in the Revolutionary War.
The SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal recognizes outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement and service. The medal is presented to persons of prominence in the areas of government, military, religion, education, or business.
Stevenson graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in agriculture in 1955. An innovative farmer in Pickaway County, Stevenson was a pioneer in reduced tillage corn, and built and operated Ohio’s first commercial ethanol plant on his farm. He founded the Ohio Corn Growers Association and served as its first president and went on to be the president of the National Corn Growers Association. Stevenson served as the state executive director of the Agricultural Conservation and Stabilization Service and went on to be the associate administrator in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Ohio, he became the first agricultural specialist with the Ohio EPA working on livestock and drainage issues. He developed the Ohio Livestock Industry Task Force, which today is the Ohio Livestock Coalition.
Stevenson has served as President of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Circleville Chamber of Commerce and is a founder of the Premium Agricultural Commodities. He was vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade Agricultural Advisory Committee, South Central Power Rural Electric and the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation. A past Pickaway County Commissioner, Stevenson is widely recognized as a progressive farmer, effective leader and respected statesman.
Pictured on the left is Compatriot John A. Stevenson with Camp Charlotte Chapter President, Dr. James River.