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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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Tappan, Benjamin (25 May 1773–20 April 1857), jurist, politician, and scientist, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Tappan, a goldsmith and merchant, and Sarah Homes. The family was both prosperous and well connected. Tappan prepared for Harvard at a local academy but then pursued a literary and practical self-education, becoming versed in several trades. He studied with ...