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Eaton, Amos (17 May 1776–10 May 1842), geologist, botanist, and educational reformer, was born in Chatham, New York, the son of Azubah Hurd and Abel Eaton, farmers. In 1790 Eaton went to Duanesburgh, New York, to live with a relative, Russell Beebe, who taught him land surveying. A blacksmith by trade, Beebe helped Eaton manufacture his own surveying instruments. From 1791 to 1795, Eaton studied the classics under private tutors in Chatham and nearby Hillsdale. He entered Williams College in 1795 and graduated in 1799. Also in 1799, Eaton began to study law in Spencertown, New York, and married Polly Thomas. They had one child before Polly died in 1802. The earliest hint of Eaton’s promise as an educator was realized with the publication of his surveying manual, ...

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Pease, Arthur Stanley (22 September 1881–07 January 1964), classicist, college president, and botanist, was born in Somers, Connecticut, the son of Theodore Claudius Pease, a Congregationalist minister, and Abby Frances Cutter. Pease graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in 1902, receiving the M.A. in 1903 and the Ph.D. in 1905. He studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Rome (1905–1906) and taught at Harvard (1906–1909) before moving to the University of Illinois as assistant professor of classics. He married Henrietta Faxon in 1909 and had one child. Pease rose to professor of classics and curator of the university’s museum of classical art and archaeology. Early in his career he demonstrated his preference for writing works of reference rather than analysis: at Illinois he collaborated on an ...