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Collier, Johnlocked

(04 May 1884–08 May 1968)
  • Kenneth R. Philp

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Collier, John (04 May 1884–08 May 1968), reformer best known for his role in federal Indian policy, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Charles A. Collier, a prominent banker and mayor, and Susie Rawson. Following his mother’s death in 1897, Collier was sent to a Roman Catholic convent in rural Georgia for one year. He returned home to finish his education at an Atlanta high school, where he graduated valedictorian. In 1900 his father died. Collier spent the summer of 1901 camping in the wilderness of the southern Appalachian Mountains to help recover from his parents’ deaths. During this period, convinced that his father had committed suicide, he rejected all desire for worldly success....

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