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company, manufacturers of leather belting and jobbers
of hose and packings; also president and treasurer the St.
Louis fire hose company, dealers in fire hose and fire de
partment supplies. Democrat. Catholic. Clubs: St.
Louis, Noonday, Mercantile, Missouri Athletic, Belle-
rive Country club. Recreations: shooting and fishing.

HUGO ARTHUR KOEHLER,

President of the Independent Breweries Company,
Was born St. Louis, Nov. 22, 1868; son of Henry and
Otillie (Schlapp) Koehler; educated in public and high
schools of Davenport, la., and academic department of
Griswold college, Davenport; unmarried. Since 1910
has been president and director of the Independent
breweries company. Director Davenport malting com
pany, since 1902; vice-president and director of the St.
Louis, Rocky Mountain and Pacific company, owning and
operating (in New Mexico) the largest coal fields in the
west; also director St. Louis, Rocky Mountain and Paci
fic railway company; director, International bank of St.
Louis. Member Ethical society. Clubs : University,
Noonday, St, Louis, Field.



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JAMES PORTEUS MAIN,

Railroad Official,

Was born Dec. 25, 1869, in Portland, Me.; son of John
and Mary (Whiteley) Main; married at Detroit, 1900,
Anna Belle Richardson. Began active career in office
of James H. Muir, treasurer of the Grand Trunk rail
road, at Detroit, 1885; was transferred to transportation
department of the road, 1886; became chief clerk to
superintendent and superintendent of telegraph in March,
1894, continuing until 1904; superintendent and traffic
manager Detroit and Toledo shore line railroad, since
April 30, 1904. Republican. Presbyterian; superin
tendent Westminister Presbyterian Sunday school since
1904.

ALONZO ABERNETHY,

Member of Board of Regents State University of Iowa,
Was born April 14, 1836, in Sandusky county, Ohio. He
attended the public schools of Bellevue, Ohio; and sub
sequently graduated from the university of Chicago. He
served as a union soldier during the civil war, enlisting
in company F, ninth Iowa volunteer infantry, serving
four years, going out as a private and returning as lieu
tenant-colonel in command; and was twice wounded. He
was in forty battles, includig Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, Bian-
don, and Atlanta. In 1886 he represented his county in
the lower house of the Eleventh general assembly. In
1870 he was elected principal of the Des Moines Baptist
college, served one year, and has been a member of its
board of trustees continuously since. In 1871 he was
elected superintendent of public instruction of Iowa; was
re-elected in 1873, and again in 1875. In 1876 he served
as president of the university of Chicago; and in 1881-
1902 was principal of the Cedar Valley seminary of
Osage, Iowa. Since 1890 he has been a member of the
board of regents of the Iowa state university.



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CHARLES POPE O FALLON,

Manager of Estates,

Was born in Madison county, Ala., Aug. 3, 1868; son of
John J. and Caroline (Mastin) O Fallon; educated in
St. Louis public schools, Smith academy, private schools
and Princeton university, in class of 1890; married. Be
gan business career in 1889 as clerk with Merchants
national bank, then in real estate business for one year,
and since then has been engaged as manager of estates,
having charge of the affairs of John J. O Fallon, and since
1902 of estate of Mrs. Carolina Pope. Republican.
Member M.E. church, South. Clubs: St. Louis, St.
Louis Country, Favorite recreation : riding.



WILLIAM C. MANCHESTER,

Lawyer,

Was born Canfield, O., Dec. 25, 1873; son of Hugh A.
and Susan Rosanuah (Squire) Manchester; took a six-
year course in Northwestern Ohio normal college, Can-
field, graduating, degree of A.B., 1894; graduate uni
versity of Michigan, law department, LL.B., 1896; mar
ried at Bay city, Mich., Dec. 27, 1898, Margaret Kather-
ine MacGregor. Jan. i, 1-897, began to practice law in
Detroit, where he is now actively engaged in his profes
sion. Elected delegate to constitutional convention, state
of Michigan, 1907; delegate to Republican national con
vention, Chicago, 1908; member of Republican state
central committee, 1910 to present time. Member De
troit bar association, Michigan bar association, Ameri
can bar association. Member Detroit board of commerce.
Presbyterian in church affiliation. Member Corinthian
Lodge No. 241, F. and A. M. Cyrus Chapter No. 133;
R.A.M. and Detroit Commandery No. i, Knights Tem
plars.



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MOSES GREENWOOD, Jr.,

Real Estate,

Was born May 30, 1862, in New Orleans; son of Moses
M. and Mary (Whittlesey) Greenwood; educated in
university high school, New Orleans, La., Roanoke col
lege, Va., B.S., C.E., 1881; M.A., 1886, moved to St.
Louis, Mo. in 1883; married, St. Louis, June 5, 1884,
Margaret, daughter of Robert K. Woods;; children,
Mary Whittelsey, married William M. Imbrie, April
21, 1910, Annie Louise, married William A. Herron,
January 18, 1909, Moses Merritt, died April 30, 1892,
Margaret F. Entered service of Mississippi river com
mission as United States assistant engineer of topographic
surveys, 1882; in charge of hydrographic surveys for
Mississippi river commission, 1884-86: real estate busi
ness (Carr and Greenwood) 1886-89; since 1889 in
partnership with father, M. M. Greenwood, real estate.
Gold democrat. Presbyterian. Life member Y.M.C.A.
Club: Mercantile, moved to New York in 1909. Real
Estate Securities.



CHARLES F. JUNGHANS,

Vice-President and Secretary Standard Furniture

Manufacturing Company,

Was born March 15, 1877, St. Louis; son of Edward J.
and Johanna (Niemeyer) Junghans; educated in public
schools of St. Louis; married Sept. 9, 1906. On leaving
school, in 1891, began business career in the factory of
the Standard furniture manufacturing company, manu
facturers of kitchen furniture, then located in North St.
Louis, and learned trade, and in 1901, became vice-
president and secretary of the company; sold out old
plant Dec., 1905, and moved business to present location.
Independent in politics. Lutheran.



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EDWARD JOSEPH O NEILL,

General Agent Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific

Railroad Company,

Was born Feb. 15, 1869, in St. Louis; son of Peter J.
and Anna (McGough) O Neill; educated in St. Columb-
kills parish school and St. Louis university; married, St.
Louis, Nov., 1895, Mary E. Gavin; children, Florence,
Marian, Ester, Dorothy. Began railway service as bill
clerk, Missouri Pacific railroad, 1889-93; chief bill clerk,
Iron Mountain and Southern, Missouri Pacific and
"Frisco" railways, at Carondelet, 1893-1902; chief clerk
Wabash railroad freight department, 1903-04, and since
1904 general agent Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
railroad company. Was member of House of Delegates
of St. Louis, one term, 1903-05. Catholic. Member
Modern Woodmen, Knights of Columbus, Club: Mer
cantile. Also member Board of Education, St. Louis
Traffic club, Missouri Athletic club, Irish American
Athletic club, Business Men s league, St. Louis. Recrea
tions: hunting and fishing.



CHAUNCEY H. TROYER,

Chief of Police, Duluth,

Was born Feb. 28, 1861, at Goshen, Ind. ; son of Seth
and Elizabeth (Kenagy) Troyer; educated in common
schools of Indiana. Came to Duluth from Goshen, Ind.,
in 1886; entered police force as patrolman, April 7,
1891 ; was placed in detective department, April 20, 1896;
became chief of detectives, March, 1900; was appointed
chief of police, Jan. i, 1902. Member International
Association of Chiefs of Police. Member I.O.O.F., B.
P.O.E., Modern Samaritans. Married at Scott, Ind. Dec.
13, 1891, to Miss Ida A. Hagerty. Duluth Boat club.



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JOHNSON N. CAMDEN,
Lawyer, Legislator, United States Senator,
Was born March 6, 1828, in Lewis county, W. Va. He
was appointed a cadet to West Point in 1846; and resigned
in 1848. He was admitted to the bar in 1851 ; appointed
prosecuting attorney for Braxton county in 1852. He was
engaged in the banking business from 1854 to 1858, when
he entered into the development of petroleum and man
ufacturing interests at Parkersburg; and was made presi
dent of the first national bank of that city in 1862. He
was the nominee of the democratic party for governor in
1868 and again in 1872; and was a delegate to the demo
cratic national convention of 1868, 1872 and 1876. He
was elected to the United States senate, and took seat Mar.
4, 1881, and served till March 3, 1887; and was in the
United States senate in 1898-95, to fill a vacancy. He was
instrumental in organizing the Ohio river railroad com
pany and building a road on the east bank of theOhio river
from Wheeling, by way of Parkersburg, to Huntington,
and later he organized and built the railroad from Fair
mont to Clarksburg, opening up a coal field which is now
marketing over a million tons of coal and coke annually.
He is president of the Monongahela river road, and the
West Virginia and Pittsburg road; and is also the presi
dent of other railroads and business enterprises.

HENRY WILLIAM LOHMANN,

Western and Southern Manager for James Stewart and

Company, Contractors,

Was born Jan. 8, 1870, in the city of St. Louis; son of
Henry and Catherine (Herpel) Lohmann. His father
was a native of Germany and on his arrival in America
in 1857, settled in St. Louis, where he engaged in the
hay and grain business until his death in 1894. He was
lieutenant in company H, second regiment of artillery of
Missouri volunteers during the civil war and served
throughout the period of hostilities. His mother was



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also a native of Germany and in her girlhood she came to
America with her parents and settled in Georgetown,
Missouri, died in 1904,, survived by three sons and two
daughters. He was educated in the St. Louis public
schools and on leaving the polytechnic high school pur
sued the study of architecture. On Mar. i, 1889, he en
tered the employ of James Stewart and company, and in
his twenty-three years of service has filled almost every
position and through gradual rise coming to him in recog
nition of his ability and trustworthiness, his promotions
ultimately made him in 1912 manager of the St. Louis
office; as the firm s business was expanded he was entrust
ed with its management in the south and west and now
holds the position of western and southern manager, with
headquarters at St. Louis and has permanent offices under
his management at New Orleans, Houston, Denver and
Salt Lake, with many other branch offices. In addition
to the contracting business Mr. Lohmann is director and
officer in many business interests and member of the vari
ous clubs of the city of St. Louis.

WILLIAM HENRY SHELTON,

Author, Artist,

Was born Sept. 4, 1840, in Ontario county, N.Y. ; son of
Joseph C. and Mary Colt (Taft) Shelton; educated at
Canandaigua academy; when ready to enter college went
into army; unmarried. Served in Army of Potomac, par
ticipating in all battles from Second Bull Run to the Wil
derness; at Cedar Mountain, Rappahanock Station and
Groveton before reaching Bull Run. Served in Reynolds
Rochester battery L, of it New York state artillery; cap
tured at the Wilderness ; prisoner at Macon, Ga., Charles
ton and Columbia, S.C., 10 months; escaped four times,
finally reached union lines March, 1865. Author: A
Man Without a Memory, 1895 5 The Last Three Soldiers,
1897; The Three Prisoners, 1904. Contributor short
stories to Scribner s and Century.



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AUGUSTE ARTHUR CAILLE,

Inventor, Manufacturer of Coin-Slot Machines,
Was born April i, 1867, in Detroit, Mich.; son of Joseph
M. and Catherine (Moret) Caille; educated in public
schools of Owosso, Mich., 1876-80, and Saginaw high
school. Lived in Saginaw, 1880-1893; invented and pat
ented, 1888, in association with his brother, Adolph, new
type of service for conveying cash in stores ; later invented
coin-slot devices which resulted in establishment of penny
arcades in the leading cities of the world. President and
treasurer The Caille Bros. Co., which has grown until it
gives employment to more than 500 mechanics and plant
occupies full frontage of a city block, branch offices being
maintained in New York, Chicago and Paris, France.
President Casino company, builders and operators of pen
ny arcades and popular price theaters, which the company
has established in various cities.



GEORGE HENRY WETTERAU,

Wholesale Grocer,

Was born Oct. 14, 1842, Germany; son of John and
Regina (Meytrott) Wetterau; educated in schools* in
Germany and at Bryant and Stratton business college, St.
Louis; married, St. Louis, 1872, Christine Trautwein ;
children, George C., Otto J. C., Theodore, and five
daughters. Early life spent in Germany, where was en
gaged in farming and in the grocery business; came from
Germany to St. Louis in 1868, and began business career
here as clerk with the firm of John F. Lauman and com
pany, wholesale grocers, in 1869; started in business on
own account in 1877 as a member of the firm of Goebel
and Wetterau, wholesale grocers, which continued until
1899, when that firm dissolved and with his sons, George
C. and Otto J. C. Wetterau, established present firm of
G. H. Wetterau and sons.



444 SUCCESSFUL AMERICANS

JABEZ BUNTING WATKINS,

Lawyer, Banker, Land Owner,

Was born June 25, 1845, near Punxsutawney, Pa.; son
of James and Garbara (Sprankle) Watkins; educated,
Dayton (Pa.) academy, 1864-66; L.L.B. university of
Michigan, 1869; married in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nov. 10,
1909, Elizabeth Josephine Miller of Lawrence, Kansas.
Practiced law at Champaign, 111., 1870-73; developed
large business in examination of real estate titles and real
estate loans. Removed to Lawrence, Kansas, 1873, en
larged business, incorporating it 1883, as J. B. Watkins
land mortgage company, starting branches in New York
1876, London 1878, Dallas, Texas, 1881; beginning with
1872, invested $12,000,000 in land mortgages; bought
1,500,000 acres of land in south-west Louisiana. 1883 from
State and United States Governments, on which, in 1890,
he built, owned and operated 100 miles of railway, Lake
Charles to Alexandria, La. Established Watkins bank
ing company at Lake Charles, La., in 1884; president
Watkins national bank, Watkins land mortgage company,
Gulf land company and at one time president, St. Louis
Watkins and Gulf railroad. Democrat. Baptist. Pub-
lishe*d The True Money System for the United States,
1896.

JAMES SEELY FITCH,
Son of the Rev. Silas Fitch,

Was born Dec. 2, 1847, in the town of Coeymans, Albany
county, N.Y. ; was educated at Delaware academy at
Delhi, N.Y., and was graduated from Columbia college
law school in 1875. He was principal of the Hudson
academy, at Hudson, N.Y., during the year 1868. In
1869, he made Yonkers his residence, and was engaged
as a teacher in the public schools, for six years. Mr.
Fitch is a real estate broker, and makes a specialty of
real estate law. He is a member of St. John s Episcopal
church, Nepperham lodge, Terrace City chapter, Yon-



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kers Commandery, the Board of Trade and was a mem
ber of the Board of Education for 10 years. He is a
Republican, and has taken an active interest in political
matters during his residence in Yonkers. In 1876, he
was married to Miss Martha P. Munson, at Dedham,
Mass. Their children are Edith Munson (deceased),
Edward Arthur and Florence Mary.



EUGENE CHARLES GEHRUNG,
Physician,

Was born June 10, 1840, in Mulhouse, Alsace, France;
son of Jean Christophe and Elise (Zurcher) Gehrung;
educated partly in France and partly in America, the
latter by private tuition; professional education in St.
Louis medical college and (original) College of physi
cians and surgeons, graduating, M.D., from latter, 1870;
also M.D., ad eundem, from Missouri medical college;
married, Denver, Col., Oct. 25, 1870, Beatrice R. Fahn-
drich, daughter of Dr. J. Fahndrich; children, Adolph
E., Dr. Julian A., Eugene S. Engaged in gyneological
practice of medicine in Denver, Col., and St. Louis since
1864. Member St. Louis medical society, St. Louis ob
stetrical and gynecological society (ex-president, two
terms), Medico-Chirurgical society, Missouri state medi
cal association, American gynecological society, American
Electro-Therapeutical society, Societe Obstetrique et de
Gynecologic, Paris, France, Electro-Therapeutic society
of France; honorary member South Eastern Missouri
medical society; ex-president and gynecologist of the
South Side Dispensary; formerly consulting gynecolo
gist of the St. Louis Female hospital and Mis
souri Baptist Sanatorium; permanent fellow of and
once delegate for the United States government to the
International periodical congress of obstetricians and
gynecologists. Evangelical Lutheran.



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GILBERT ASA DAVIS,

Manufacturer, Legislator, Author,

Was born Dec. 18, 1835, in Chester, Vt. He was edu
cated at Chester academy of Chester, Vt. In 1872 and
again in 1874 he was elected a member of the Vermont
house of representatives from the town of Reading; and
in 1876 was elected to the state senate. He has been states
attorney for two years for Windsor county, 1878-80; and
for fifty-two years has practiced law with success in the
Vermont courts and in the state and the United States
court of New England. He has been the owner of the
Windsor drug store; and is .an extensive owner of real
estate. He was for ten years president of the Windsor
machine company, and is director of the Windsor canning
company. He is the author of A History of the Town of
Reading; the Congregational Church in Windsor; and a
Compilation of the School Laws of Vermont. For twen
ty-five years he has been clerk of the Windsor congrega
tional church; was registrar of the local court for the Dis
trict of Windsor, Vt., for four years. He is a referee in
bankruptcy, having been appointed in July, 1898, by the
United States district court for Vermont and has since
held this position continuously. He is chairman of the
Vermont board of bridge commissioners, appointed by
Gov. Bell in 1905. He married Delia J. Roller, at West
Chicago, 111., April 15, 1862. He is secretary of the
Windsor Electric Light company; treasurer of Vermont
historical society. In 1899 he built and gave to the town
of Reading a handsome brick public library building; has
frequently delivered public addresses and notably in 1910
at the Old Home day in Chester, Vt., his native town. He
is a member of the law firm of Davis and Davis, with his
son, Gilbert F. Davis. His daughter Mary married Stan
ley Carleton, of Oak Park, 111. He has one grandson,
Gilbert Davis Carleton; and resides in Windsor, Vt.



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MRS. JANE LUELLA DOWD SMITH,

Educator, Author, Poet,

Was born June 16, 1847, in Sheffield, Mass. At the age
of eighteen she graduated from Westfield normal school.
After teaching school for a year, she entered the Ladies
seminary of North Granville, New York, where she
graduated valedictorian of the class in 1868. She attain
ed success in educational work; was principal of the South
Hampton high school, Sheffield high school, Stamford
high school, and the South Egremont academy. In 1875
she was married to Dr. H. Hadley Smith, of Hudson.
She is an earnest temperance worker, holding important
positions in the Woman s Christian Temperance Union
and in the Woman Suffrage reforms. She is the author
of three volumes of verse, entitled Wayside Leaves; Wind
Flowers; Flowers from Foreign Fields. She has written
for many papers and magazines. For a quarter of a cen
tury she was a contributor to the Youth s Temperance
Banner, published by the National Temperance society.
She has published several pamphlets and a strong tem
perance book, entitled Ways to Win. At present, she
is devoting herself to humane and philanthropic work:
trying to teach "The Art of being Kind."



WILLIAM HENRY GREGG,

Retired Manufacturer,

Was born March 24, 1831, in Palmyra, N.Y. ; educated
public schools, Rochester, N.Y., to 1841;; removed to St.
Louis, 1846; married, Nov. 21, 1855, Orian Thompson,
of St. Louis. President Southern White Lead company,
of St. Louis and Chicago, 1867-89, until is was sold. Presi
dent Gregg Genealogical company. Author of Where,
When and How to Catch Fish on the East Coast of Flor
ida and Controversial Issues in Scottish History, 1911,
Putnam Sons, New York.



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LYMAN BRUMBAUGH STOOKEY,
Physiologist;

Was born July 30, 1878, in Belleville, 111.; son of Dr.
Lyman Polk and Louise (Brumbaugh) Stookey; A.B.,
Yale, 1900; Ph.D., 1902; student university of Straus-
burg, 1904-05; married, Belleville, Dec. 31, 1903, Mar
garet Powell. Associate in physiology, New York State
Pathology institute, 1902-04; professor physiology, uni
versity of Southern California since 1905. American con
tributor to International Year Book of Chemistry. Physi
ology and Pathology since 1905; has published many re
searches in physiology in American and European jour
nals. Fellow A.A.A.S. ; member American Physiologists
society; American society of biological chemists, New
York society physiological chemists, American chemists
society; Society of Experimental Medicine and Biology.
Club: University.

CLARENCE EDWARD SKINNER,

Physician,

Was born June 8, 1868, in New Haven, Conn.; son of
William Joseph and Cecelia Eliza (Hogan) Skinner;
preparatory education, Russell s military academy, to
1884; M.D., Yale medical school, 1891; LL.D., Ruther
ford college, 1900; married, New Haven, December,
1896, Edith Hart Hotchkiss. Has practiced at New
Haven since 1891; began experiments in dry hot air in
treatment of diseases, 1897; professor thermaerotherapy,
New York school of physical therapeutics, 1901 ; editor
department of thermaerotherapy, Journal of Advanced
Therapeutics, 1901-4; editor-in-chief Archives of Physiol-
Therapy, 1904-06; organized Newhope private sanitar
ium, New Haven, 1900 (now the Elm City Sanatorium
corporation, of which he is secretary, director and physi-
cian-in-charge). Episcopalian. Associate fellow New
York academy of medicine; member American medical
association, American Electro-Therapeutic association



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(secretary 1902-05), American Rontgen Ray society
(vice-president 1905), Societie Francaise d Electrother-
apie et de Radiologie, Connecticut state and New Haven
county medical societies, New Haven historical society.
Clubs: Quinnipiac, Union League, Economic. New Hav
en Yacht. An extensive contributor to medical journals.
Awarded Diplome d Honneur by International Congress
of Physiological Theraphy, Liege, Belgium, 1905. Au
thor: Therapeutics of Dry Hot Air, 1902.



H. HORACE GRANT,

Physician,

He graduated from Jefferson medical college, Philadel
phia, Pa., 1878; Professor of surgerv and treasurer Facul
ty hospital college of medicine, medicinal department
Central university; professor of oral surgery Louisville
college of dentistry; member visiting staff City hospital;
business editor Louisville Monthly Journal of Medicine
and Surgery.



CHARLES TORREY SIMPSON,
Zoologist,

Was born June 3, 1846, in Tiskilwa, 111.; son of Jabez
and Matilda Simpson; educated in public schools; special
student zoology and especially of mollusks; married, Re
vere, Mass., Sept. 17, 1902, Flora G. Roper. In United
States national museum, Dec. 14, 1889, to Dec. 31, 1902.
Member Academy Natural Sciences, Davenport, Iowa;
Biological society of Washington. Author: Geographi
cal Distribution of the Land and Fresh Water Mollusks
of the West Indies, 1891; U29; Synopsis of the Naiades,
or Pearly Fresh Water Mussels, 1900 U29; Report on the
Mollusks of the Fish Hawk Exposition to Porto Rico.



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JOHN HARCOURT ALEXANDER MORGAN,

Entomologist,

Was born Aug. 31, 1867, in Kerrwood, Ont, son of John
and Rebecca Truman Morgan. He began his education
at the Kerrwood public schools, and the Collegiate insti
tute at Strathroy, Ont., and in 1887 was graduated at the
Ontario agricultural college with the degree of A.O.A.C.
He received the degree of B.S.A. at the university of To
ronto in 1889, and did graduate work at Cornell univer
sity during 1892-98. He attended the Marion Biological
laboratory in 1895. He was professor of entomology and
horticulture at the Louisiana state university during 1889-
93, and professor of zoology and entomology during
1893-1904. He was the entomologist at the Louisiana ex
periment station during 1889-1904, and the secretary as
well as the entomological expert of the Louisiana crop
pest commission during 1904-05. He was director of the



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