William H. “Mutt” Gregory


William H. (Mutt) Gregory was born April 16, 1906, in Florence, Alabama. He studied agriculture at Auburn University, where he played tackle on the 1926-27 football team, and received his B.S. in 1928. His long career included 31 years with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, two years in a foreign assignment in Africa, and 16 years with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Gregory’s Extension career included county agent assignments in Cherokee and Morgan counties and three specialist assignments. As Extension specialist in animal husbandry during 1940-59, he was the primary mover in organizing the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, helped organize a state sheep association, and established a statewide marketing system for lambs and wool. The sale of cattle in Alabama from $6 1/2 to $100 million per year during his time as Extension specialist in animal husbandry.

During his Department of Agriculture service, Gregory administered the Stockyard and Brands Division, instituting many improvements to protect livestock producers. His retirement from this job in 1979 was noted by a joint resolution from the Alabama Senate and House of Representatives.

A producer of registered Beefmaster cattle, Gregory is married to the former Mary Kirk Armstrong and has two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Shaw and Ann Baxter, one son, W. H. Gregory, Jr., eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.