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Doar, John Michael (3 Dec. 1921–11 Nov. 2014), lawyer and federal official, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to William and Mae Doar. His father was a lawyer and his mother a teacher. He grew up in New Richmond, Wisconsin and attended St. Paul Academy, graduating in ...

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Thomas Smith Grimké. Portrait of Thomas Smith Grimké (1786-1834). Oil on canvas. Portrait by Abraham G.D. Tuthill. Courtesy of Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio.

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Grimké, Thomas Smith (26 September 1786–12 October 1834), lawyer, educational and peace reformer, politician, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the second son of John Faucheraud Grimké and Mary Smith Grimké. John Grimké, a native Charlestonian of French Huguenot stock, was educated at the University of Cambridge, an officer in the American Revolution, and head justice of the state’s Court of Appeals. Mary Grimké, a descendant of an English landgrave, the state’s founding aristocracy, and the famous Irish rebel leader Rory O’Moore, was a co-founder of Charleston’s female benevolent society. Other children included ...

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Murphey, Archibald Debow (01 January 1777?–01 February 1832), lawyer and North Carolina state senator, was born in Caswell County in north-central North Carolina, one of the seven children of Archibald Murphey, an army officer and county clerk, and Jane Debow. Murphey attended David Caldwell’s academy in Guilford County, then entered the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated with highest distinction in 1799. He taught at the university for two years while studying law, and in 1801 he established a law practice in Hillsborough, the county seat of Orange County. In that same year he married Jane Armistead Scott. They had five children, the last born in 1812....

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Sorensen, Theodore Chaikin (8 May 1928–31 Oct. 2010), lawyer, presidential advisor, and speechwriter, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Christian A. Sorensen, a lawyer who also served as attorney general for the state of Nebraska from 1929 to 1933, and Annis Chaikin, a social worker. Christian Sorensen was influenced by the progressive wing of the Republican Party and named his son after President ...

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Storey, Moorfield (19 Mar. 1845–24 Oct. 1929), civil rights attorney and anti-imperialist activist, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, to attorney Charles Storey and Elizabeth Eaton Storey, Boston Brahmin parents of declining wealth and Conscience Whig political persuasions. Storey attended Harvard College, graduating in ...

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Strauss, Robert S. (19 Oct. 1918–19 Mar. 2014), politician, lawyer, and ambassador, was born Robert Schwarz Strauss in Lockhart, Texas, the elder son of Edith Schwarz Strauss, a native Texan of German-Jewish descent, and Charles H. Strauss, who had emigrated from Germany several years earlier. Soon after Robert’s birth the family moved to West Texas, settling in Stamford, a town of three thousand people, where his parents owned a dry goods store in the town square. The hard-working Edith, who bore the brunt of work at the store and at home, played a significant role in encouraging Robert’s ambitions beyond West Texas. She convinced her son, a poor student who earned admission to the University of Texas in ...