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Coles, Edward (15 December 1786–07 July 1868), slavery opponent and second governor of Illinois, was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of Colonel John Coles and Rebecca Tucker, wealthy, slaveholding planters. The eighth of twelve children, almost from the day of his birth Edward was associated with the great and near-great in revolutionary American society. One of the first families of Virginia, the Coles moved in a social circle that included national figures such as ...

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Iglesias, Santiago (22 February 1872–05 December 1939), labor organizer and Puerto Rico's territorial representative in Congress, labor organizer and Puerto Rico’s territorial representative in Congress, was born in La Coruña, Spain, the son of Manuel Iglesias, a carpenter, and Josefa Pantín. At age twelve, when his father died, he became a carpenter’s apprentice. When his employer denied workers permission to attend a Sunday meeting to protest sales taxes, he organized a walkout in 1884 that was broken up by soldiers who fired on the protesters....

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Low, Seth (18 January 1850–17 September 1916), reform mayor and university president, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Abiel Abbot Low, a merchant, and Ellen Almira Dow. Low’s mother died a week after his birth, and two years later his father married Ann Davison Bedell Low, the widow of Low’s uncle. Low had all the advantages of wealth and social status: he enjoyed a home in fashionable Brooklyn Heights, summers spent in New England, and travel in Europe. After graduating first in his class from Columbia College in 1870, he joined his father’s tea and silk importing firm, A. A. Low and Brothers, eventually becoming a full partner. On 9 December 1880 he married Annie Wroe Scollay Curtis; they had no children....