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Bissell, Richard Mervin, Jr. (18 September 1909–07 February 1994), economics professor and government administrator, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Richard Bissell, a wealthy insurance executive, and Marie Truesdel. As a young man, Bissell studied at elite educational institutions, including Groton School; Yale University, where he received a B.A. in 1932; and the London School of Economics, where he began his postgraduate work. In 1933 he returned to Yale as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor before earning his Ph.D. in economics in 1939. In 1940 he married Ann Cornelia Bushnell; they had five children. Described by one friend as “desperately shy,” Bissell seemed destined in 1941 to remain a university educator and scholar. However, the outbreak of World War II dramatically changed his life, as he left Yale to become a member of ...

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Elliott, Harriet Wiseman (10 July 1884–06 August 1947), educator, political organizer, and government official, was born in Carbondale, Illinois, the daughter of Allan Curtis Elliott, a merchant who extended easy credit to poor coal miners, and Elizabeth Ann White, a staunch supporter of ...

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Goodrich, Carter (10 May 1897–07 April 1971), college professor and government official, was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, the son of Rev. Charles Lyman Goodrich, a minister, and Jeanette Margaret Carter. As a student at Amherst College, Goodrich edited the Amherst Monthly literary magazine and formed a close friendship with faculty member ...

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Moron, Alonzo Graseano (12 April 1909–31 October 1971), educator and public servant, was born Alonzo Brown in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Danish Virgin Islands, the son of Caroline Louisa Brown, a seamstress, and Joseph Metzante Moron, about whom little is known. No father was listed on Alonzo Moron's birth certificate, and Joseph Moron played no significant role in his son's life. Alonzo Moron's mother, who worked out of her house, reared her two children as a single parent in a working-class neighborhood. Moron spent his first eight years as a Danish colonial subject in poverty and changed his surname from Brown to Moron in his early teens....

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Nash, Philleo (25 October 1909–12 October 1987), educator, federal administrator, and lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the son of Guy Nash, a cranberry grower, and Florence Philleo. He attended elementary and high schools in Wisconsin Rapids, followed by a brief period of study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In the fall of 1927 Nash enrolled in ...

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Smith, Hilda Jane Worthington (1888–13 March 1984), educator and government official, was born in New York City, the daughter of a well connected and established family. Smith received her education at private schools and at Bryn Mawr College, where she obtained an M.A. As part of her volunteer fieldwork, she worked with community suffrage groups and factory women at a Philadelphia settlement house....

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Stewart, Alexander Peter (02 October 1821–30 August 1908), soldier, educator, and park commissioner, was born at Rogersville, Tennessee, the son of William Stewart and Elizabeth Decherd. He entered the U.S. Military Academy on 1 July 1838 and in 1842 graduated twelfth in a class of fifty-six. While at West Point, he roomed for two years with future Union general ...

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Wright, Theodore Paul (25 May 1895–21 August 1970), aviation administrator and educator, was born in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Philip Green Wright, a college professor, and Elizabeth Quincy. Wright grew up in a financially secure family; his father taught mathematics at Galesburg’s Lombard College and imbued his sons with a sense of social duty. Wright’s two older brothers excelled in their professions, ...