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Bundy, William (24 September 1917–06 October 2000), presidential foreign affairs adviser, was born William Putnam Bundy in Washington, D.C., the son of Harvey Hollister Bundy, a highly successful attorney who served as special assistant to Secretary of War Henry Stimson during World War II, and Katherine Putnam Bundy, who was related to several of Boston's most socially prominent families. He grew up in Boston in a talkative, high-spirited household where the children joined in arguments about history and politics around the dinner table. Both he and his younger brother, McGeorge, were precocious, self-confident, and highly competitive. (...

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Ferguson, John Calvin (01 March 1866–03 August 1945), educator, art historian, and Chinese governmental adviser, was born in Lonsdale, Ontario, Canada, the son of John Ferguson, a Methodist minister, and Catherine Matilda Pomeroy, a schoolteacher. Because of his father’s itinerant occupation, he rarely lived in one location longer than two years. This did not dissuade him from pursuing a career in the clergy, however. He attended Albert College in Ontario before moving to Boston University, where he received the bachelor of arts degree in 1886. After some further study at the school of theology there, he was ordained a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church....

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Willoughby, Westel Woodbury (20 July 1867–26 March 1945), political scientist and legal adviser to the Chinese government, was born a twin in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Westel Willoughby, a lawyer and a judge of the Virginia supreme court, and Jennie Rebecca Woodbury. Willoughby completed the A.B. at Johns Hopkins University in 1888 and the Ph.D. in 1891. Work on his doctoral dissertation, titled “The Supreme Court of the United States: Its History and Influence on Our Constitutional System,” was completed under the supervision of ...

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Young, John (17 March 1744–17 December 1835), seaman and adviser to King Kamehameha I of the Hawaiian Islands, seaman and adviser to King Kamehameha I of the Hawaiian Islands, was born in Liverpool, England. His parents’ identities are not known. Young had little or no formal education. At an early age he went to sea and before the American Revolution was aboard merchant ships sailing out of New York and Philadelphia. In 1789 he joined the ...