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Schurman, Jacob Gould (22 May 1854–12 August 1942), scholar and diplomat, was born on a farm near Freetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the son of Robert Schurman and Lydia Gouldrup, farmers. Schurman’s great-grandfather William Schurman, a Tory, acquired wealth in New Rochelle, New York, and with his family was exiled to Nova Scotia in 1783, moving to Prince Edward Island the following year. Family wealth had dissipated by the time of Schurman’s birth, and he grew up poor....

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Jacob Gould Schurman Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-103872).