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Gordy, John Pancoast (21 December 1851–31 December 1908), historian, philosopher, and teacher, was born in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of Elijah Melson Pancoast and Martha Ellen Shepard. Gordy began teaching in public schools in 1868 at the age of seventeen and was named principal of an academy in Farmington, Delaware, in 1871; later, between 1873 and 1875, he served as vice principal of another academy, this one located in Dover, Maryland. Following his graduation in 1878 from Wesleyan University of Pennsylvania, where he had studied logic, psychology, and ethics and specialized in English literature, Gordy began his graduate studies in Europe, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig in 1884. After his return to the United States he served as professor of philosophy and pedagogy at Ohio University (1886–1896), professor of history and philosophy at Ohio State University (1896–1900), and professor of the history of education and American history at New York University (1901 until his death). In 1884 he married Eugenia Day, with whom he had one daughter....

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Randall, John Herman, Jr. (14 February 1899–01 December 1980), philosopher, historian, and educator, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John Herman Randall, a minister, and Minerva I. Ballard. The family moved to New York City to provide a better education for Randall. After enrolling in Columbia College, he received his A.B. in 1918 and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. The following year he received an M.A. and published his first article, “Instrumentalism and Mythology,” in the ...