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Borland, Solon (08 August 1811–15 December 1864), editor, U.S. senator, and diplomat, was born in Suffolk, Virginia, the son of Thomas Wood Borland, a physician, and Harriet Godwin. His father was politically active, serving as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Nansemond County between 1815 and 1820. In 1831 Borland married Huldah Wright, with whom he had two children. Following in the medical footsteps of his father, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School during the academic year of 1833–1834. He then practiced medicine in Suffolk, but upon the death of his wife in 1836 Borland moved to Memphis, Tennessee. There he entered into a medical career with his brother, who was also a physician. In 1839 Borland married Eliza Hart, who died just a few months later. They had no children. By this time he had forsaken pills for politics, becoming the founding editor of the ...

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Knowland, William Fife (26 June 1908–23 February 1974), U.S. senator and newspaper publisher, was born in Alameda, California, the son of Joseph Russell Knowland, a congressman and newspaper publisher, and Ella Fife. Beginning his political life early, Knowland made his first speech at the age of twelve for presidential candidate ...

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Vandenberg, Arthur H. (22 March 1884–18 April 1951), journalist and U.S. senator, was born Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Alpha Hendrick and Aaron Vandenberg, a successful small-scale harness manufacturer. Young Arthur was obliged to go to work at the age of nine when his father’s business failed during the panic of 1893. Even so, Arthur graduated from high school in Grand Rapids and attended the Law School at the University of Michigan for the 1900–1901 school year....