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Brown, George E., Jr. (06 March 1920–15 July 1999), congressman, was born in Holtville, Imperial County, California, the son of George Edward Brown, an orange picker, and Bird Alma Kilgore Brown. He attended local public schools and then graduated from Holtville Union high school (1935) and nearby El Centro Junior College (1938). He then entered the University of California at Los Angeles, where as president of the student housing association he became the first to integrate university housing by taking an African-American roommate. A pacifist who was an early critic of internment of Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Brown spent the early part of World War II as a conscientious objector in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Oregon before joining the Army in 1944. After enlisting as a private, he eventually rose to the rank of second lieutenant in the infantry....

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Draper, William Franklin (09 April 1842–28 January 1910), textile machinery manufacturer and inventor, congressman, and ambassador to Italy, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of George Draper and Hannah Thwing. His grandfather, Ira Draper, had patented the first self-acting rotary temple for cotton looms in 1816 and had established a plant to manufacture the new machine part in Weston, Massachusetts. By 1842 Ira’s son Ebeneezer had taken control of the business and had moved the plant from Weston to Hopedale, Massachusetts, where he became a member of the Reverend ...