Edward Thomas Devine


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(1867–1948) Edward T. Devine, trained as an economist, was an outstanding educator, writer, and administrator. Born near Union, Iowa, Devine graduated in 1887 from Cornell College in Iowa. He studied economics at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany and received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1895. During this period he lectured for the American Society for the Expansion of University Teaching, a pioneer adult education project, and at Oxford and Edinburgh. In 1896 he became general secretary of the New York Charity Organization Society. During his 20-year leadership, he formed the Wayfarer's Lodge and the Tenement House Committee (later the Committee on Housing), and he expanded the in-house magazine Charities to produce the leading social work journal of its day, Survey.


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