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Campbell, Persia Crawford (15 March 1898–02 March 1974), economist and consumer leader, was born in Nerrigundah, Australia, the daughter of Rodolph Campbell and Beatrice Harriet Hunt, schoolteachers. She was the first of two children. Her parents were strong Presbyterians and instilled in her at an early age a love of learning. Before she entered high school her father died, leaving her mother as the sole breadwinner. Persia tried to help by making and selling dolls’ clothes. With her excellent grades she was able to enter a state scholarship high school for girls from families of modest incomes....


Warne, Colston Estey (14 August 1900–20 May 1987), economist and consumer leader, was born in Romulus, New York, the son of Clinton Arlington, a jack-of-all-trades, and Harriet Ellsworth Estey, a Seneca County feminist. Warne studied engineering and economics at Cornell, where he received a B.A. in 1920 and an M.A. in 1921. In 1920 Warne married Frances Lee Corbett; they had three children. At Cornell, Warne developed a strong interest in studying labor economics and theories of consumption under the guidance of ...


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Weaver, Robert C. (29 December 1907–17 July 1997), economist, political administrator, and educator, was born Robert Clifton Weaver in Washington, D.C., the son of Mortimer Grover Weaver, a postal clerk, and Florence Freeman Weaver. Weaver grew up in a middle-class and educated family, one of seven African-American families in a Washington suburb. His father worked for the post office. (One grandfather, ...