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Ginn, Edwin (14 February 1838–21 January 1914), publisher and peace advocate, was born in Orland, Hancock County, Maine, the son of James Ginn, a farmer who also had interests in lumber and shipbuilding, and Sarah Blood. Growing up in relative poverty and poor health, he attended local country schools on an intermittent basis. At the age of twelve he went to work as a cook in a logging camp that his father had established, and he later worked on a fishing schooner on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. After returning from his fishing voyage, he attended the local high school in Orland and also attended the seminary in nearby Bucksport in order to learn Latin. Ginn finished his college preparatory work at Westbrook Seminary, during which he supported himself by teaching in local schools during the winter, fishing in the summer, and working intermittently on the family farm....

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Kahn, Albert Eugene (11 May 1912–15 September 1979), political activist, writer, and publisher, was born in London, England. The names of his parents cannot be ascertained. He attended Dartmouth College, where he served as class poet, was a member of the track and boxing teams, and earned a baccalaureate degree in 1934. In the same year he married Harriet Pillsbury Warner (known also as Riette), a sculptor, and they had three children....