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Bok, Edward William (09 October 1863–09 January 1930), editor, philanthropist, and peace advocate, was born in den Helder, Holland, the son of William John Hidde Bok and Sieke Gertrude van Herwerden, who, having lost their inherited fortune through unwise investments, immigrated to the United States in 1870. They settled in Brooklyn, where Bok and his older brother learned English in public school. With his father at first unable to find steady employment, Bok delivered newspapers, worked in a bakery, and wrote up childrens’ parties for the ...


Edward W. Bok. In the background are, from left to right, Senators George H. Moses, James Reed, and T. H. Caraway. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-103937).


Cousins, Norman (24 June 1915–30 November 1990), author, editor, and peace advocate, was born in Union Hill, New Jersey, the son of Samuel Cousins and Sara Miller, owners of a dry goods store. Soon after his birth the family moved to New York City. In his youth Cousins excelled in English composition and was a fine baseball player. After graduating from Columbia University Teachers College in 1933, he secured an editorial position as an education writer for the ...


Sayre, John Nevin (04 February 1884–13 September 1977), peace organization executive and editor, was born near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Robert H. Sayre, general manager of the Bethlehem Iron Works and founder of the Sayre Mining and Manufacturing Company in Alabama, and Martha Finley Nevin, daughter of the president of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sayre graduated from Princeton University in 1907 and Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1910. In June 1910 he married Helen Augustus Bangs, who died a year later during Sayre’s further study at Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ordained a minister in the Protestant Episcopal church in 1911, Sayre officiated when his brother Francis B. Sayre married President ...