Ilo Browne Wallace
(10 March 1888—22 February 1981) was the wife of Henry A. Wallace
, the 33rd U.S Vice President
and later Secretary of Commerce
. She was the Second Lady of the United States
from 1941 until 1945. She was the sponsor
of the .
Born in Indianola, Iowa
, she was the daughter of James Lytle Browne and his wife, the former Harriet Lindsay.
She married Henry Agard Wallace in Des Moines, Iowa
, on 20 May 1914. They had three children: Henry Browne Wallace (1915-2005), Jean Browne Wallace (born 1920), and Robert Browne Wallace (1918-2002). Her husband later became the editor-in-chief of Wallace's Farmer
, an influential Midwestern farming magazine that had been founded by his father, Henry Cantwell Wallace
, a future U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
A small inheritance she received from her parents enabled the Wallaces and their business partners to establish, in 1926, Hi-Bred Corn Company
, which developed and distributed hybrid maize and eventually transformed agriculture. The company is now known as Pioneer Hi-Bred International
, the world's second largest seed company.
She died at the Wallace estate, Farvue Farm, in South Salem, New York