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The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I

Burton Jesse Hendrick

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. . .Mr. John D. Rockefeller, who brought assistance of an extremely substantial character. In 1902 Mr. Rockefeller organized the General Education Board. Of the ten members six were taken from the Southern Education Board; other members represented general educational interests and especially the Baptist interests to which Mr. Rockefeller had been contributing for years. In a large sense, therefore, especially in its membership, the General Education Board was a development of the Ogden organization; but it was much broader in its sweep, taking under its view the entire nation and all forms of educational effort. It immediately began to interest itself in the needs of the South. In 1902 Mr. Rockefeller gave this new corporation $1,000,000; in 1905 he gave it $10,000,000; in 1907 he astonished the Nation by giving $32,000,000, and, in 1909, another $10,000,000; the whole making a total of $53,000,000, [pg I-85] the largest sum ever given by a single man, up to that time, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

3 Stars

Very interesting bio of someone I had never heard of. Tedious and aged narrative at times but recommend regardless. Especially of interest is his role as Ambassador to England during WWII.