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Europe, James Reese (22 February 1880–09 May 1919), music administrator, conductor, and composer, was born in Mobile, Alabama, the son of Henry J. Europe, an Internal Revenue Service employee and Baptist minister, and Lorraine Saxon. Following the loss of his position with the Port of Mobile at the end of the Reconstruction, Europe’s father moved his family to Washington, D.C., in 1890 to accept a position with the U.S. Postal Service. Both of Europe’s parents were musical, as were some of his siblings. Europe attended the elite M Street High School for blacks and studied violin, piano, and composition with Enrico Hurlei of the U.S. Marine Corps band and with Joseph Douglass, the grandson of ...

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Stanford White (1895). Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ61-1847).

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White, Stanford (09 November 1853–25 June 1906), architect, was born in New York City, the son of Richard Grant White, a writer and music critic, and Alexina Black Mease, a poet. The family lacked funds to send him to college, and in 1870, having exhibited some artistic talent, White followed the advice of ...