Smith D. Broadbent Jr.
Smith Broadbent Jr. was born in Cadiz in 1914. He received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the University of Kentucky in 1934, followed by a master’s degree a year later. He lettered in baseball during the 1934 season. He was an agriculturist, businessman and civic leader.
Broadbent was president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, the Kentucky Seed Improvement Association, Kentucky State Fair Board, and the Thomas Poe Cooper Foundation, and was named "Man of the Year for Kentucky," by Progressive Farmer magazine in 1956.
He also was active in the Kentucky Lake Council, Western Kentucky Produce, Inc. and the Trigg County Farm Bureau. He was the owner of Broadbent Hybrids and served as president of Broadbent-Birmingham Feed Products, Kentucky Ducks Unlimited and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Association.
A lay leader in the Methodist Church, he was a member of the Lions Club, the Pendennis Club of Louisville, and was a director of South Central Bell Telephone Company, Birmingham; West Kentucky Liquid Fertilizer Inc.; Cedar Bluff Stone Company; Southern Bell Telephone Company, Atlanta; Cedar Bluff Land Company, and Life Insurance Company of Kentucky.
He was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Louisville, 1953-1955, and deputy chairman and a member of the Board of Directors; vice chairman, Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He served as president of the Kentucky Educational Television Advisory Committee.
Other directorships and board memberships included the Kentucky YMCA; Pennyrile Rural Electrification Company; Trigg County Hospital; Kentucky Economic Development Association; Citizens Fidelity Corporation executive committee; UK Board of Trustees; Kentucky Wesleyan College;, Methodist Hospital in Henderson; and the National Tobacco Advisory Committee. In 1978, he was named chairman of the Kentucky Easter Seal campaign.
Broadbent was named to the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1975.