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Young, Whitney Moore, Jr. (1921-1971)

Whitney Moore Young, Jr. was born in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, on July 31, 1921, into rather unusual circumstances. His family was black and lived in the South, but they were constituents of a black educated elite, as his father was the president of Lincoln Institute, the black boarding school that Young eventually would attend.…

Whitney Moore Young

Berge, Wendell (1903-1955)

Eulogy for Wendell Berge

Former Assistant Attorney General and head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust division, Wendell Berge died in Washington of a heart ailment on September 25. He was chairman of the board of trustees of the All Souls’ Unitarian Church, Washington.…

Wendell Berge

Eliot, Thomas H. (1907-1991)

Congressional Biography

ELIOT, Thomas Hopkinson, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Cambridge, Mass., June 14, 1907; attended Browne and Nichols School; was graduated from Harvard University in 1928; student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, in 1928 and 1929; was graduated from the law school of Harvard University in 1932; was admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice in Buffalo, N.Y.; served as assistant solicitor in the United States Department of Labor 1933-1935; general counsel for the Social Security Board 1935-1938; lecturer on government at Harvard University in 1937 and 1938; regional director of the Wage and Hour Division in the Department of Labor in 1939 and 1940; unsuccessful candidate for e lection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942 and for nomination in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; director of the British Division, Office of War Information, London, England, and special assistant to the United States Ambassador, 1943; chairman of the appeals committee, National War Labor Board, 1943-1944; served with the Office of Strategic Services in 1944; served as chief counsel, Division of Power, Department of the Interior, from November 1944 to November 1945; engaged in the practice of law in Boston, Mass., 1945-1950; professor of political science, Washington University, St.…

Thomas H. Eliot

Lowell, Abbott Lawrence (1856-1943)

Biographical Introduction

Attorney, educator and twenty-fourth president of Harvard University, Abbott Lawrence Lowell was born on December 13, 1856 to a “Boston Brahmin” family. He was the son of Augustus Lowell, a prominent Boston financier, and Katherine Bigelow Lawrence.

Lawrence Lowell was preceded by a long lineage of notable figures: John Lowell was a member of the 1780 convention that framed the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.…

Abbot Lawrence Lowell President from 1909-1933

Hill, Thomas (1862-1868)

Biographical Introduction

Thomas Hill, the twenty-first president of Harvard University, was confirmed October 6, 1862; and resigned September 30, 1868. Born at New Brunswick, N. J., June 7, 1818, of English parents, who had been in this country for thirty years, he was apprenticed to the “Fredonian” newspaper in that city in 1830, and remained connected with it until 1833.…

Thomas Hill President from 1862-1868

Felton, Cornelius Conway (1807-1862)

Biographical Introduction

Cornelius Conway Felton, the twentieth president of Harvard College, was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, November 6, 1807. His early education was gained in spite of obstacles which would have discouraged a less enthusiastic scholar; and although he had the advantage of good instruction in the classics only one year and nine months before he entered college, his slender opportunities were most conscientiously improved.…

C.C. Felton By Joseph Ames President from 1860-1862

Walker, James (1794-1874)

A founder of the American Unitarian Association, James Walker (1794-1874) was President of Harvard University from February 10, 1853, to January 26, 1860. Walker was also a Unitarian minister and religious philosopher.

Early Years

James Walker was born to John Walker and Lucy (Johnson) Walker on August 16, 1794, in what was then Woburn, Massachusetts (later to become part of Burlington).…

James Walker

Sparks, Jared (1789-1866)

Biographical Introduction

Jared Sparks was born May 10, 1789, in Willington, Connecticut, of humble parentage. Till his twentieth year his entire school life amounted to forty months, but, nevertheless, he was at that time found competent to take charge of a district school near his native place.…

Jared Sparks

Everett, Edward (1846-1849)

Edward Everett (1794-1865) was President of Harvard University from February 5, 1846, to February 1, 1849. He was also a Unitarian clergyman, teacher, statesman, and a renowned American orator.

Early Life

Edward Everett was born to the Reverend Oliver Everett and Lucy (Hill) Everett on April 11, 1794.…

Edward Everett

Quincy, Josiah (1772-1864)

Josiah Quincy (1772-1864) was President of Harvard University from January 29, 1829 to August 27, 1845. He was also a politician, serving as a Federalist congressman, Boston mayor, Massachusetts municipal court judge, and Massachusetts state representative and state senator.

Early Life and Education

Josiah Quincy was born to Josiah Quincy Jr.…

Josiah Quincy