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Capen, Samuel Paullocked

(21 March 1878–22 June 1956)
  • John R. Thelin
  •  and Sharon Thelin-Blackburn


Capen, Samuel Paul (21 March 1878–22 June 1956), first director of the American Council on Education and college chancellor, was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, the son of Elmer Hewitt Capen, then president of Tufts College, and Mary Leavitt Edwards. Capen grew up in an academic family. The only son of a college president known for his broad interests and progressive ideas, Capen witnessed at close hand his father’s educational policies and practices at Tufts. Capen himself attended Tufts, where he received both an A.B. and A.M. in 1898, with honorable mention in German and French. He was president of his senior class and one of four students chosen to deliver a commencement address. In 1900 Capen received another A.M. from Harvard, and, following a year at Leipzig, received his Ph.D. in modern languages at the University of Pennsylvania....

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