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Butterfield, John (18 November 1801–14 November 1869), western pioneer, express company operator, and investor, was born in Berne, near Albany, New York, the son of Daniel Butterfield (his mother’s name is unknown). His formal education consisted of intermittent attendance at local public schools. As a young man he became a stagecoach driver in New York State and later an investor in barges plying the Erie Canal....

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Kermit Roosevelt [left to right] Kermit Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., on a hunting expedition, 1926. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-90550).

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Roosevelt, Kermit (10 October 1889–04 June 1943), businessman and explorer, was born in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, the son of Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth president of the United States, and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt. He spent his early years at family residences in New York State and Washington, D.C., as his father pursued a political career. He was nearly twelve years old when his father became president in September 1901....

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Slocum, Joshua (20 February 1844– November 1909?), circumnavigator, shipbuilder, and author, was born in Wilmot Township, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of John Slocombe, a farmer and bootmaker, and Sarah Jane Southern. Slocum attended school only until age ten, when he was set to work to earn his keep. He left home permanently after the death of his mother when he was sixteen, working as a deep-water sailor. From that time on his life, for better and for worse, was defined by the sea....