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Davis, Edwin Hamilton (22 January 1811–15 May 1888), physician and archaeologist, was born in Hillsboro, Ohio, the son of Henry Davis and Avis Slocum. During his boyhood Davis became interested in numerous circular, square, and octagonal earthworks of the so-called Mound Builders culture in Ross County, Ohio. He continued his investigations of mounds while attending Kenyon College, graduating in 1833. His commencement address, “Antiquities of Ohio,” was heard by ...

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Prudden, Theophil Mitchell (07 July 1849–08 April 1924), pathologist, bacteriologist, and archaeologist, was born in Middlebury, Connecticut, the son of George Peter Prudden, a Yale-educated Congregational minister, and Eliza Anne Johnson. When Prudden was a teenager, his family home was a station on the “underground railway.” He attended the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, before entering Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1869 on a Connecticut state fellowship. Sheffield established a special premedical course for Prudden and a classmate, Thomas H. Russell, that gave them an unusual opportunity to gain skills in laboratory science and natural history. Prudden worked one summer on a western expedition with famed Yale paleontologist ...