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Follett, Wilson (21 March 1887–07 January 1963), author and editor, was born Roy Wilson Follett in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, the son of Charles William Follett, a worker in a jewelry-manufacturing shop, and Cordelia Adelaide White Follett, a former teacher. After attending public schools in North Attleboro, he was an exemplary student at Harvard College, earning his B.A. in 1909, with a major in English and valuable study under ...

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Murray, Lindley (22 April 1745–16 January 1826), grammarian and Quaker moralist, was born in Swetara, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the son of Mary Lindley and Robert Murray. His father’s success as a merchant took the family from North Carolina to New York City. Lindley and his brother, John Murray, Jr., were sent to the Friends School in Philadelphia but were then summoned as apprentices in their father’s firm, Murray, Sansom & Co., which became the largest New York shipowners. To assert his independence, Lindley ran away to school, to the Quaker Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. Discovered by his uncle ...

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Strunk, William, Jr. (01 July 1869–26 September 1946), educator and grammarian, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of William Strunk, Sr., and Ella Garretson Strunk. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1890 with an A.B. and was an instructor in mathematics at the Rose Polytechnical Institute in Terra Haute, Indiana (1890–1891). He then went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was an instructor in English (1891–1898) while earning his Ph.D. there (1896). He spent the 1898–1899 academic year studying at the University of Paris....