E.W. Stephens

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Experience

National President  - Southern Baptist Convention Inc

President  - Stephens

Affiliations

Founder  - Columbia Daily Herald

Founder  - Preservation and Conservation Federation of Missouri

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E. Sydney Stephens also was a quail and waterfowl hunter and often a hunting companion of many of the state's civic and business leaders.
After the elections of 1932, the economy and the Missouri Game and Fish Department were in serious decline. The state's sportsmen, including Stephens, felt the need to come together to save the state's wildlife. So on Sept. 10, 1935, Stephens brought nearly 100 sportsmen to Columbia to form the Preservation and Conservation Federation of Missouri. Stephens was chosen as its president. He then drafted a constitution that essentially remains intact today with a four-man, nonpartisan commission to restore and manage the state's wildlife and forests. Stephens told me once that this department is his swan song, his contribution to the state he loved." Today, because of those who followed Stephens 40 years later to ensure the state's conservation future with a second constitutional amendment that gave the department a dedicated eighth-cent sales tax that politicians can't touch, Missouri has no peer as a state conservation department in our nation and is truly a role model for the world. And you can thank E. Sydney Stephens, Columbia's most celebrated duck hunter, for our past, present and future. 'Tis good to be reminded today of what the Stephens family - E.W. and E. Sydney - have meant to Columbia and of E. Sydney's role in the nation's conservation history. E. Sydney Stephens was a Columbian, the son of E.W. Stephens, who, arguably, was the most influential individual in Columbia's growth for more than half a century on each side of year 1900. E.W. Stephens was the founder of the Columbia Herald, the national president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a driving force in the growth of Stephens College and the president or chairman of every major civic effort in our town for all those years, bringing railroads, highways and business to Columbia. 'Tis good to be reminded today of what the Stephens family - E.W. and E. Sydney - have meant to Columbia and of E. Sydney's role in the nation's conservation history.

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E. Sydney Stephens was a Columbian, the son of E.W. Stephens, who, arguably, was the most influential individual in Columbia's growth for more than half a century on each side of year 1900.
E.W. Stephens was the founder of the Columbia Herald, the national president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a driving force in the growth of Stephens College and the president or chairman of every major civic effort in our town for all those years, bringing railroads, highways and business to Columbia.

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E. Sydney Stephens also was a quail and waterfowl hunter and often a hunting companion of many of the state's civic and business leaders.
After the elections of 1932, the economy and the Missouri Game and Fish Department were in serious decline. The state's sportsmen, including Stephens, felt the need to come together to save the state's wildlife. So on Sept. 10, 1935, Stephens brought nearly 100 sportsmen to Columbia to form the Preservation and Conservation Federation of Missouri. Stephens was chosen as its president. He then drafted a constitution that essentially remains intact today with a four-man, nonpartisan commission to restore and manage the state's wildlife and forests. Stephens told me once that this department is his swan song, his contribution to the state he loved." Today, because of those who followed Stephens 40 years later to ensure the state's conservation future with a second constitutional amendment that gave the department a dedicated eighth-cent sales tax that politicians can't touch, Missouri has no peer as a state conservation department in our nation and is truly a role model for the world. And you can thank E. Sydney Stephens, Columbia's most celebrated duck hunter, for our past, present and future. 'Tis good to be reminded today of what the Stephens family - E.W. and E. Sydney - have meant to Columbia and of E. Sydney's role in the nation's conservation history. E. Sydney Stephens was a Columbian, the son of E.W. Stephens, who, arguably, was the most influential individual in Columbia's growth for more than half a century on each side of year 1900. E.W. Stephens was the founder of the Columbia Herald, the national president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a driving force in the growth of Stephens College and the president or chairman of every major civic effort in our town for all those years, bringing railroads, highways and business to Columbia.

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