Guides, Philosophers, and Friends: Studies of College Men

Guides, Philosophers, and Friends: Studies of College Men

Guides, Philosophers, and Friends: Studies of College Men

Guides, Philosophers, and Friends: Studies of College Men

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Biographies may be either historical, interpreting a period, or personal, interpreting a man. Of course, each type necessarily includes and uses certain elements of the other. The following sketches are of the second sort: primarily they are concerned with the personal character and services of the subjects themselves. Yet, I venture to believe that they also may serve a bit to present some of the educational movements, to interpret some of the educational facts, and to intimate a few of the many educational problems, of the last half-century.

The personal interpretation is made yet more controlling for a particular reason: each one of the twenty-two men considered I number among my personal friends. For them, if their names are starred in the college catalogues, as most are, I have a heart overflowing with fragrant and grateful memory. For them, if they still continue here, and only one does, my heart is a loving heart. In either case, I can justly and humbly claim, though lacking all other qualities of a biographer, to have one essential element, the element of sympathy.

The volume is in part concerned with college presidents. A few months ago, a book, entitled "The Col lege President . . .

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