Ross, Edward Alsworth
- Michael R. Hill
Ross, Edward Alsworth (12 December 1866–22 July 1951), sociologist and writer, was born in Virden, Illinois, the son of William Carpenter Ross, a farmer, and Rachel Alsworth, a schoolteacher. Orphaned by his mother’s and father’s deaths (1874 and 1876, respectively), Ross was sheltered in turn by three Iowa farm families. Of the latter, Ross regarded Mary Beach as his foster mother. Alexander Campbell, Ross’s lawyer guardian, shepherded his inheritance, thereby providing ample funds for his schooling....