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1897 Biographies


Taken from Choice Of Pursuits or What To Do And Why, by Nelson Sizer, 1897. Mr. Sizer was an authority on Phrenology.

Some of the people featured in this book are well know, but many of them are not. It is fascinating to read accounts of the famous people, which were written while they were still alive.

For example in writing about Thomas Edison (remember this was in 1897) he wrote, "When he shall succeed in lighting by electricity every room in our houses, and the telephone becomes so perfected that people need write no letters or take the trouble to will be time to talk of Edison and his compeers in this marvelous field of inquiry and invention."

The entries give personal and professional information, and range from a few paragraphs to several pages long and include a portrait of each person.

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Abbe, Cleveland
Agassiz, Louis
Allen, Nathan, MD
Aspinwall, William H.
Barnard, Frederick A. P.
Blanchard, Thomas
Bogle, James
Bonheur, Rosalie
Bright, John
Broadus, John A.
Burden, Henry
Burritt, Elihu
Buttolph, Horace A., Dr.
Caldwell, Charles, Dr.
Carpenter, Francis B.
Chase, Salmon Portland
Choate, Rufus
Church, Frederick Edwin
Claflin, Horace B.
Claflin, William
Clarke, Macdonald
Colquitt, Alfred H.
Combe, George
Cooper, Peter
Cornell, Ezra
Cummins, George D.
Dickens, Charles
Dickson, Thomas
Edison, Thomas A.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Ericsson, John
Evarts, William M.
Farragut, David G.
Field, Cyrus W.
Foote, Solomon
Gall, F. J., Dr.
Garrett, John W.
Gladstone, William E.
Goodyear, Charles
Greeley, Horace
Halleck, Fitz-Greene
Hawley, Joseph R.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig
Henry, Joseph
Hickson, Joseph
Holland, Josiah G., Dr.
Hosmer, Harriet G.
Howe, Elias
Howland, William
Hughes, Edward D.
Humboldt, Baron Von
Hunt, Thomas S.
Jewett, Solomon W.
Kimball, Charles P.
Kimball, Edward
Landseer, Edwin, Sir
Law, George
Lawrence, Abbott
Lesseps, Ferdinand De
Lick, James
Longworth, Nicholas
Lowell, James Russell
Lozier, Clemence S., MD
Magner, Daniel
Mann, Horace
Mason, Josiah, Sir
Mittag, J. F. G., MD
Morse, Samuel F. B.
Mosier, John L. H.
Murchison, Roderick, Sir
Murphy, Dennis F.
Nast, Thomas
Orton, William
Packard, S. S.
Peter The Great
Pitman, Isaac
Poe, Edgar Allan
Prang, Louis
Pratt, Zadock
Reed, Thomas Allen
Roach, John
Robertson, Frederick W.
Roebling, John A.
Rogers, John
Scott, Thomas A.
Selby, Thomas H.
Sims, J. Marion, Dr.
Sizer, Nelson
Sloan, Samuel
Spurzheim, J. G., Dr.
Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn
Storrs, Richard S.
Sumner, Charles
Taylor, Bayard
Taylor, Charles, MD
Tennyson, Alfred
Underhill, Edward F.
Vanderbilt, Cornelius
Vick, James
Wagner, Wilhelm Richard
Ward, Eber B.
Webster, Daniel
Webster, David
White, Andrew D.
Wilder, Marshall P.
Windom, William

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