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Bennett, John Cook (1804-1867), physician, religious leader, and entrepreneur  

Michael Quinn

Bennett, John Cook (03 August 1804–05 August 1867), physician, religious leader, and entrepreneur, was born in Fair Haven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, the son of John Bennett, a shipowner, and Abigail Cook. At his father’s death in 1817, he moved with his mother to Ohio to stay with relatives. In 1825, after a three-year apprenticeship with a physician and an oral examination by an Ohio medical society, Bennett received his M.D. and a license to practice. That year he married Mary Barker; they had three children. There is no evidence supporting his claim to have attended Ohio University or McGill College in Montreal; he did, however, become a Freemason in 1826....


Cobb, Cully Alton (1884-1975), agricultural educator, editor, and publisher  

Sandra S. Vance

Cobb, Cully Alton (25 February 1884–07 May 1975), agricultural educator, editor, and publisher, was born in a log cabin on the farm of his paternal grandfather near Prospect, Tennessee, the son of Napoleon Bonaparte Cobb, a farmer and rural minister, and Mary Agnes Woodward. Cobb attended public school in Giles County, Tennessee, and Decatur, Alabama. He entered Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Mississippi State University) in 1904 and graduated in 1908 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. From 1908 to 1910 he served as principal of Chickasaw County Agricultural High School at Buena Vista, Mississippi. The first of fifty such institutions established in the state between 1908 and 1920, the school afforded rural youths a college-preparatory education as well as practical training in farming. In 1910 he married Ora May “Byrdie” Ball, with whom he had two children....


Murie, James Rolfe (1862-1921), teacher, farmer, and ethnographer  

Benjamin R. Kracht

Murie, James Rolfe (1862–18 November 1921), teacher, farmer, and ethnographer, was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, the son of a Skiri Pawnee—the other Pawnee bands were the Pitahawirata, Kitkahahki, and Chawi—only known as Anna Marie. Shortly thereafter he was abandoned by his father, James Murie, a Scot captain in Major Frank North’s U.S. Army Pawnee scout battalion....


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James R. Murie. Courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society.


Stockbridge, Levi (1820-1904), educator and agricultural leader  

Edward L. Lach, Jr.

Stockbridge, Levi (13 March 1820–02 May 1904), educator and agricultural leader, was born in Hadley, Massachusetts, the son of Deacon Jason Stockbridge, a farmer and state legislator, and Abigail Montague. After attending local schools he entered Hopkins Academy. Upon graduation he began farming and spent his winters teaching in district schools. Determined to bring scientifically based improvements into agriculture, Stockbridge studied all the available literature in the embryonic discipline of scientific farming and also trained himself in forensics at the local lyceum. He married Syrena Lamson on 20 January 1841; they had three children. Following his first wife's death in 1850, he married Joanna Smith on 4 November 1853. This marriage also produced three children....