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Houston, David Franklinlocked

(17 February 1866–02 September 1940)
  • Lewis L. Gould


Houston, David Franklin (17 February 1866–02 September 1940), cabinet officer and university president, was born in Monroe, North Carolina, the son of William Henry Houston and Cornelia Anne Stevens, farmers. When he was six, his family moved to Darlington, South Carolina, where his father farmed unsuccessfully and later bought and sold horses. David graduated from the College of South Carolina in 1887, pursued graduate work there, and was the superintendent of public schools in Spartanburg, South Carolina, between 1888 and 1891. Houston then attended Harvard where he received an A.M. degree in economics and political science in 1892. He followed politics closely, but no one “commanded my admiration or aroused my enthusiasm” until the emergence of ...

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