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Callender, Guy Stevens (09 November 1865–08 August 1915), economist and historian, was born in Hartsgrove, Ohio, the son of Robert Foster Callender and Lois Winslow. The family moved to the Western Reserve (in present-day northeastern Ohio) when Callender was a child. At an early age he demonstrated that he had an active mind, intellectual curiosity, and a strong physical constitution; these attributes, along with his being an avid reader of books, led him at the age of fifteen to teach in the district schools of Ashtabula County. Using his savings from several winters of teaching and his summer earnings made working on the family farm, Callender succeeded in paying for college preparatory courses at New Lyme Institute, South New Lyme, Ohio....

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Feis, Herbert (07 June 1893–02 March 1972), economist and historian, was born in New York City, the son of Louis Jacob Feis, a salesman, and Louisa Waterman. Growing up in lower–middle class surroundings, Feis first worked for a newspaper and attended evening sessions at the City College of New York. He then enrolled in Harvard University, receiving his B.A. magna cum laude in 1916. In 1918 he was commissioned a lieutenant, junior grade, in the U.S. Navy, serving off the British Isles and training crews off the New England coast....

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Haynes, Williams (29 July 1886–16 November 1970), publisher, historian, and chemical economist, was born Nathan Gallup Williams Haynes in Detroit, Michigan, the son of David Oliphant Haynes, owner and operator of a publishing company, and Helene Dunham Williams. He spent some time finding what he wanted to do with his life. After six months in his early twenties as a reporter for the ...

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Knight, M. M. (29 April 1887–23 June 1981), economist and historian, was born Melvin Moses Knight near Bloomington, Illinois, the son of Winton Knight and Julia Hyneman, farmers. One of nine children, at age thirteen Knight was helping cultivate the fields, hiring the help, keeping the books for the family farm, and being tutored in Greek by his mother. In 1910, without a high school education, he followed his elder brother ...

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Rothbard, Murray N. (02 March 1926–07 January 1995), economist, historian, and libertarian theorist, was born Murray Newton Rothbard in the Bronx, New York, the son of David Rothbard, a chemical engineer, and Rae Babushkin. He was educated at the Birch Wathen School, a private elementary and high school in New York City, and at Columbia University, where he majored in mathematics and statistics and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1945, he stayed at Columbia and studied economics, earning his M.A. in 1946 and his doctorate in 1956. His dissertation, ...

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Saposs, David J. (22 February 1886–13 November 1968), labor historian and economist, was born in Kiev, Russia, the son of Isaac Saposnik, a peddler of goods, and Shima Erevsky Saposnik. In 1895, the Saposnik family moved to the United States and shortened its name to Saposs. In 1900, after completion of the fifth grade, Saposs left school and held a variety of jobs in the Milwaukee area, including newsboy and worker at the Blatz and Schlitz breweries. In 1906, he was elected shop steward for the Brewery Workers' Union....