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Lerner, Max (20 December 1902–05 June 1992), scholar, teacher, and newspaper columnist, was born Maxwell Alan Lerner near Minsk, Russia, the son of Benjamin Lerner, an itinerant scholar, and Bessie Podel. His father emigrated to the United States the next year, and Max followed with his mother and siblings in 1907. After brief jobs in New York and New Jersey, his father moved to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1913 and entered the dairying business....

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Lindeman, Eduard Christian (09 May 1885–13 April 1953), educator and writer, was born in St. Clair, Michigan, the son of Frederick Lindeman, a laborer, and Frederecka Johanna Von Piper. Lindeman’s parents died when he was young, and he worked as a manual laborer until the age of twenty-two, when he entered Michigan Agricultural College. He graduated in 1911, and the next year he married Hazel Charlotte Taft, the daughter of one of his professors; they had four daughters....

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Robinson, James Harvey (29 June 1863–16 February 1936), historian and educator, was born in Bloomington, Illinois, the son of James Harvey Robinson, a banker, and Latricia Maria Drake. Enjoying a comfortable youth, he was educated in the public schools of Bloomington and the Illinois State Normal School. Robinson early displayed a strong fascination with natural science, especially biology and astronomy. He interrupted his studies in 1882 to spend a year traveling through Europe. Upon his return home, Robinson worked in the family bank, but in 1884 he determined to follow his younger brother Benjamin to Harvard University. There he received his A.B. in 1887 after only three years of study and then earned his A.M. in 1888. While at Harvard, he came under the influence of ...