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Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston (01 April 1866–30 July 1948), social scientist and reformer, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of William C. P. Breckinridge, a lawyer and U.S. congressman, and Issa Desha. Her father vigorously supported the rights of women and African Americans to secure higher educations. A rich legacy of political achievement and the prominent social standing of the Breckinridge family afforded Sophonisba many advantages in her early life. “Nisba,” as she was affectionately known, excelled in school and as an adolescent began taking courses at the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lexington. In 1884 she enrolled at Wellesley College where she studied Latin and mathematics, graduating with an S.B. in 1888....

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Kirkpatrick, Jeane Duane Jordan (19 November 1926–07 December 2006), UN ambassador, was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, a tiny settlement on the Chisholm Trail in the heart of oil country, to Welcher F. Jordan, a well-driller for wildcatters, and Leona Kile, a bookkeeper. She was the couple's only child. In 1938, when she was twelve years old, the family moved to Vandalia, Illinois, and two years later to Mount Vernon, Illinois....