James, Edmund Janes
- Winton U. Solberg
James, Edmund Janes (21 May 1855–17 June 1925), political economist and university president, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, the son of Colin Dew James, a Methodist minister and presiding elder, and Amanda Keziah Casad. In 1863 the family removed to Normal, Illinois. James entered the classical department of Northwestern University in 1873, remaining two terms, then spent six months with a survey crew on the Great Lakes, after which he continued with the classics at Harvard College for a year. Discontent with his collegiate fare, he left in 1875 for Germany, where he studied historical economics under Johannes Conrad at the University of Halle....