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Henry Thomas Oxnard (June 23, 1861 in Marseilles, France - 1922)[1] was an American entrepreneur who gave his name to the City of Oxnard. Mr. Oxnard was president of both the American Beet Sugar Company (which later changed its name to American Crystal Sugar Company) and the American Beet Sugar Association, which represents all the beet sugar factories in the United States. He and his brothers controlled five sugar factories in the United States.


With a French and English ancestry, Oxnard was born while his parents resided abroad in Marseilles, France.[2] Henry T. Oxnard's ancestor came to America in 1740 and settled in Boston, having been sent by Lord Montague, the father of Freemasonry in the New World, to further the establishment of that order in its new home as the provincial master of all America. Since then the Oxnard family has been prominent in New England Americans of the most progressive type.

The mother of Henry T. Oxnard came from an old French family of Louisiana, ancestors that date all the way back to the Capetian dynasty.

In 1860 Oxnard's father sold his sugar cane plantations and refinery in Louisiana, and by doing so was able to escape the dangers of the American Civil War by traveling to France where Henry was born the year the war started.


Oxnard grew up in a house in Massachusetts. This countryside life gave him a special affection for the out-door life style and the idea to start his first business in raising chickens on an extensive scale.


In 1889, Oxnard and his associates established a sugar refinery in Grand Island, Nebraska.[3]. In 1891, two more plants were built in Chino California and Norfolk, Nebraska. In 1899 the Oxnard plant of future fame was built and in that year the four were renamed the American Beet Sugar Company.


On July 10, 1904 The San Francisco Sunday Call published an article dedicated to Henry T. Oxnard, which contained the following text by the Interviewer about Mr.Oxnard :

I wanted to see Henry Thomas Oxnard, one of the manipulators and dictators of beet sugar businesses and policies in the wide United States, to draw my own conclusions as to the personality of a man who had long occupied so prominent a place in the public eye. I had some difficulty in setting track of him. I missed him at the home of a relative, In the city, who rang the keynote of the man's life story and character when she said: "You have to get up early to catch him. He's small, I know, but he has always been full of purpose." When you know Henry T. Oxnard you realize that pugnacious tenacity of purpose is the dominant trait in his character. When you simply meet him his nose and chin cry out this fact at you. His grayish eyes, set well apart In a clear complexion, express the kindliness which Is part of him. Under the aggressive mustache the straight lips are those of a man who can say "no" if need be. The forehead, broad and deep, which meets a somewhat sparse covering of slightly sandy hair, betokens brains of the solid, practical, achieving sort. His round head is well set above good shoulders and a stout,comfortable looking body of medium height. Not a brilliant outward makeup, but keen, wideawake and business-like.[4]



  • The resources and attractions of Nebraska; facts on farming, stock-raising, and other industries, and notes on climate. St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan for Union Pacific railroad company. 1893. pp. 31–38, 43–46.
  • Myrick, Herbert; Stubbs, William Carter (1899). The American sugar industry; a practical manual on the production of sugar beets and sugar cane, and on the manufacture of sugar therefrom. Orange Judd.
  • "Statement of Mr. Henry T. Oxnard, Sugar manufacturer and president American Beet Sugar Association". Reciprocity with Cuba. Hearings before the Committee on ways and means, Fifty-seventh Congress, first session. January 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 1902. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1902. pp. 164–183.
  • "Testimony of H. T. Oxnard". Maintenance of a Lobby to Influence Legislation: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States, Sixty-third Congress, First Session, Pursuant to S. Res. 92, a Resolution Instructing the Committee on the Judiciary to Investigate the Charge that a Lobby is Maintained to Influence Legislation Pending in the Senate. 2. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1913. pp. 1186–1256.


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  2. ^ Alfred Dezendorf. "The San Francisco Sunday Call article : Henry T Oxnard at Home" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  3. ^ "Historical Timeline - American Crystal Sugar Company". Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  4. ^ "San Francisco Call 10 July 1904 — California Digital Newspaper Collection". 1904-07-10. Retrieved 2015-03-27.