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Grady, Henry Francis (12 February 1882–14 September 1957), diplomat, economist, and businessman, was born in San Francisco, California, the son of John Henry Grady and Ellen Genevieve Rourke. He earned his A.B. in 1907 from St. Mary’s University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his doctorate in economics in 1927 from Columbia University. As a young man, Grady studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood, but his interest in economics and finance led him to overlapping careers in business, academia, and government. In 1917 he married Lucretia del Valle; they had four children....

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Ripley, William Zebina (13 October 1867–16 August 1941), economist and authority on railroads, was born in Medford, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel L. Ripley, a manufacturer of jewelry in Boston, and Estimate R. E. Baldwin. After attending the public schools in the nearby town of Newton, Ripley became a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. He graduated from the institute in 1890 with an A.B. in civil engineering and then remained for a year of graduate work in economics. He then attended Columbia University, where he received an A.M. in 1892 and a Ph.D. in political economy in 1893. His doctoral dissertation was published as ...