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Haines, Jackson (1840–1879), ice skater, was born in either the United States or Canada to Alexander Frazee Haines, a cabinetmaker, and Elizabeth Terhune Earl Haines. His exact date of birth is unknown, and his birthplace is still in dispute: among American cities, Chicago, New York, and Troy (New York), are often mentioned. Most sources agree, however, that he came from a prosperous family and was well educated. Young Haines left North America when he was ten years old, accompanied by a relative, and traveled to Europe to study dancing. There he not only mastered ballet but also became a skilled ice-skater. He returned to the United States a few years later because his father wished him to apprentice as a cabinetmaker, but Haines was irresistibly drawn to the stage and left home in his late teens to become a performer....

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Harvey, Beatrix Loughran (30 June 1900–07 December 1975), figure skater and coach, was born in New York City, the daughter of Thomas Loughran, a wealthy real estate broker, and Marguerite Foley. A well-versed individual, Beatrix graduated from the Friends Seminary and Parsons School of Design before entering a career in figure skating. Her first American championship came in the ladies’ junior singles division in 1921, and she earned second place in the ladies’ senior singles event the following two years....