Andrew Dickson White


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(1832–1918), born in New York, graduated from Yale (1853), studied abroad, and became a professor of history at the University of Michigan (1857–63). As a founder of Cornell and its first president (1867–85) he made it a coeducational, nonsectarian university to “battle mercantile morality and temper military passion,” emphasizing the natural sciences, agriculture, and engineering. His books include the rationalistic History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (2 vols., 1896), Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason (1910), and an Autobiography (2 vols., 1905).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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