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Reid, Whitelaw (27 October 1837–15 December 1912), journalist, politician, and diplomat, was born near Xenia, Ohio, the son of Robert Charlton Reid, a farmer and a devout Reformed Presbyterian, and Marion Whitelaw Ronalds. Whitelaw Reid attended Xenia Academy, which was presided over by his uncle, and at the age of fifteen he was enrolled as a second-year student at Miami University in Ohio. He especially enjoyed the study of Latin and modern foreign languages and while in college contributed articles to local newspapers. A superb student who was highly competitive and a perfectionist, Reid did well and graduated with scientific honors in 1856. Subsequently he headed a grade school in South Charleston, Ohio, for a year. After holding various other jobs, he turned to journalism and with his brother purchased in 1857 the ...

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Rives, William Cabell (04 May 1793–25 April 1868), politician, diplomat, and author, was born in Amherst County, Virginia, the son of Robert Rives, a revolutionary war veteran and merchant, and Margaret Jordan Cabell. Rives was educated at Hampden-Sydney College and graduated from William and Mary in 1809. He studied law with ...