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Kendall, Willmoore (05 March 1909–30 June 1967), political scientist and journalist, was born in Konawa, Oklahoma, the son of Willmoore Kendall, a blind Methodist minister and author, and Pearl Anna Garlick. During his boyhood, spent in a succession of Methodist parsonages and small-town elementary schools, Kendall served as his father’s eyes. The intense, ambivalent relationship with his father led to an intellectually precocious upbringing as well as changeable interests that would characterize his life. At thirteen he graduated from the Mangum, Oklahoma, high school. He attended Northwestern University and the University of Tulsa before transferring to the University of Oklahoma, where he received his B.A. in 1927. While still a teenager, Kendall ran away from home to New Orleans with the intention of going to South America. He reached New Orleans, but his plan failed. He then returned to Northwestern University, where in 1928 he received an M.A. degree in Romance languages. His thesis was a study of Spanish short-story writer and novelist Pío Baroja y Nessi....

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Mason, Alpheus Thomas (18 September 1899–31 October 1989), political scientist, biographer, and author, was born at Snow Hill on Maryland’s eastern shore, the son of Herbert William Mason and Emma Leslie Hancock, farmers. Although lacking in formal training, Mason’s father was a student of life and politics and pressed education on his son. In particular, he pushed his son to excel as a public speaker and helped him to win several oratorical prizes in school. Mason’s mother had a lasting influence on her son. Although she only finished seventh grade, like his father, she was a first-rate teacher and a perfectionist through and through. She instilled in her son the idea that nothing was “good enough” until it reached the acme of perfection. Her persistence and perfectionism were traits that her son inherited and admired....

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Simons, Algie Martin (09 October 1870–11 March 1950), Marxist theoretician and editor, was born in North Freedom, Wisconsin, near Baraboo, the son of Horace Buttoph Simons and Linda Blackman, farmers. Simons worked his way through the University of Wisconsin, where he was a student of historian ...