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  • 1940 Famous Americans #859-893

1940 Famous Americans #859-93
President Franklin Roosevelt showed more than a passing interest in the stamps issued during his administration. He used executive powers and friendly persuasion to select 35 authors, poets, educators, scientists, composers, artists and inventors for this special series.

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# 859S - Famous Americans set of 35 - (859-893)

A historic honor roll of renowned authors, poets, educators, composers, artists and inventors. This set ranks among the most popular with collectors. President Franklin Roosevelt showed more than a passing interest in the stamps issued during his administration. He used executive powers and friendly persuasion to select 35 authors, poets, educators, scientists, composers, artists and inventors for this special series.

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# 859 - 1¢ Washington Irving - Author

A prolific writer, Washington Irving is perhaps best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The Spectre Bridegroom". An associate of Sir Walter Scott and other prominent literary figures, Irving was also an accomplished historian and diplomat. Scott 859 Washington Irving

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# 860 - 2¢ James Fenimore Cooper - Author

The son of an early American real estate developer, James Fenimore Cooper grew up on the frontier, roaming the immense wilderness throughout his youth. Later a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, Cooper is famous for his classic adventure stories "The Deerslayer" and "The Last of the Mohicans". Scott 860 James Fenimore Cooper

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# 861 - 3¢ Ralph Waldo Emerson - Author

Best remembered as a leader of the Transcendentalist movement in literature, Ralph Waldo Emerson was an acclaimed American essayist, philosopher, and poet. Emerson helped launch the career of another famed American wordsmith, Walt Whitman, by encouraging the publication of the latter's "Leaves of Grass". Scott 861 Ralph Waldo Emerson

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# 862 - 5¢ Louisa May Alcott - Author

Raised in a literary climate, Louisa May Alcott became one of America's most respected female literary figures. Her novels "Little Women" and "Little Men" are treasured as distinctly American works. Alcott was also a social reformer and worked to gain voting rights for women and was active in temperance movement. Scott 862 Louisa May Alcott

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# 863 - 10¢ Samuel Clemens - Author

Better known by his pen name "Mark Twain", Samuel Clemens is famous for his biting wit and youthful adventure tales "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Clemens is treasured for is rough around the edges persona and was hailed by Faulkner as "the father of American Literature". Scott 863 Samuel Clemens

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# 864 - 1¢ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Poet

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's lyric poems made him the most famous American poet of his day and have endured the test of time. Almost all American school children are familiar with "Paul Revere's Ride" and "The Song of Hiawatha". Scott 864 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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# 865 - 2¢ John Greenleaf Whittier - Poet

John Greenleaf Whittier was an avid reader and poet from childhood. As an adult he became active in the abolitionist movement using the pen to express his opinion and lambaste those who disagreed. Scott 865 John Greenleaf Whittier

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# 866 - 3¢ James Russell Lowell - Poet

James Russell Lowell was a descendant of the prominent Lowell family and was American "royalty" from birth. He graduated from Harvard at the age of 19 and law school two years later. Lowell became powerful poet and public figure in his own right later serving as U.S. minister to both Spain and Great Britain. Scott 866 James Russell Lowell

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# 867 - 5¢ Walt Whitman - Poet

Most famous for "Leaves of Grass", a radical departure from standard verse of the time, Walt Whitman's genius wasn't universally recognized until after his death. A truly divisive work, "Leaves of Grass" lost Whitman his job with the U.S. Department of the Interior while garnering him praise from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Scott 867 Walt Whitman

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# 868 - 10¢ James Whitcomb Riley - Poet

James Whitcomb Riley was a popular poet in his own time, well known for his work in both dialect and pure English. Although he never had children of his own, much of Riley's work was written for those young and young at heart. Scott 868 James Whitcomb Riley

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# 869 - 1¢ Horace Mann - Educator

Horace Mann is honored as the father of American public education. Mann reformed the existing public schools in Massachusetts after witnessing the inadequate facilities and instruction. Mann convinced others that public schools should be funded through public taxes, not charitable donations. Mann was later elected to Congress and served as president of Antioch College in Ohio. Scott 869 Horace Mann

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# 870 - 2¢ Mark Hopkins - Educator

Mark Hopkins was an American educator and minister. His most enduring concept was that of stewardship and the pursuit of wealth. In an era where tycoons were quickly amassing great fortune, Hopkins emphasized the importance of using such blessing to improve the lives of all. James Garfield praised Hopkins saying, "The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and the student on the other". Scott 870 Mark Hopkins

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# 871 - 3¢ Charles W. Eliot - Educator

One of America's greatest educators, Charles W. Eliot believed all people had genius, it need only be cultivated. As president of Harvard College, Eliot spared no expense to bring the school to world-class standards. During his tenure the student body was quadrupled and the number of faculty increased ten-fold. Scott 871 Charles W. Eliot

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# 872 - 5¢ Frances E. Willard - Educator

Although her background was in education (she served as the president of Northwestern University), Frances E. Willard was a tireless progressive and social reformer. She worked to establish 39 departments to address social issues, from temperance to prison reform. Scott 872 Frances E. Willard

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# 873 - 10¢ Booker T. Washington - Educator

Along with W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington was the most prominent African American of his time. Washington founded and was principle of the Tuskegee Institute, a trade school for African Americans. Washington supported the development of a separate African American niche in American society, a position outlined in his "Atlanta Compromise". Scott 873 Booker T. Washington

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# 874 - 1¢ John James Audubon - Scientist

John James Audubon was a French-American naturalist most famous for his work in ornithology, the study of birds. Born in what is now Haiti and raised in France, Audubon emigrated to the United States as a young man. He started his professional career as a businessman in Louisville, Kentucky but spent much of his time exploring the countryside documenting and drawing birds. His book "Birds of America" was a groundbreaking ornithological treatise. Scott 874 John James Audubon

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# 875 - 2¢ Crawford W. Long - Scientist

Dr. Crawford W. Long was most likely the first physician to use ether to anesthetize a patient during surgery. Although Long did not publish his results until others announced their use of ether in surgical operations, his claim was vouched for by other physicians and published in "Bulletin Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore". Scott 875 Crawford W. Long

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# 876 - 3¢ Luther Burbank - Scientist

Luther Burbank was a pioneering American horticulturist whose work with the potato led to the Burbank, or Idaho, potato. Although Burbank never understood the genetic principles governing his work, he developed more than 800 new varieties of fruit trees, ornamental trees, flowers, vegetables, grains, grasses, and forage plants. Scott 876 Luther Burbank

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# 877 - 5¢ Walter Reed - Scientist

Walter Reed was the American Army Medical Doctor who confirmed the theory that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquito and not through direct human contact. Reed's research work was conducted on human volunteers who allowed themselves to be deliberately infected with yellow fever. Although the experiments resulted in the deaths of Jesse Lazear and Clara Maas, among others, the results allowed for the successful completion of the Panama Canal. Scott 877 Walter Reed

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# 878 - 10¢ Jane Addams - Scientist

Practical and not easily discouraged, Jane Addams was a leader of social workers and reformers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Addams co-founded Hull House, a famous settlement house in Chicago's slums. Addams campaigned for Peace throughout World War I and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Scott 878 Jane Addams

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# 879 - 1¢ Stephen Collins Foster - Composer

Stephen Collins Foster was an American composer during the Civil War era who wrote some of our nation's most enduring tunes. Although Foster's life was plagued with personal hardship, his works "Oh, Susanna!" and "Camptown Races" were runaway hits during their time and are can be sung from memory by almost every American. Scott 879 Stephen Collins Foster

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# 880 - 2¢ John Philip Sousa - Composer

John Philip Sousa's iconic work as an operatic composer and march orchestrator is heard throughout America as an unofficial soundtrack during parades and patriotic displays. Sousa wrote such enduring tunes as "Stars and Stripes Forever" as well as the official songs for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Sousa also invented the sousaphone, the familiar wrap-around design of a tuba. Scott 880 John Philip Sousa

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# 881 - 3¢ Victor Herbert - Composer

Victor Herbert was popular American composer, cellist, and conductor. Herbert's compositions are American classics and include "Babes in Toyland" and the song "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life". Perhaps Herbert's most lasting contribution to the American music was as a founder of the American society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) which has defended composer's copyrights for nearly a century. Scott 881 Victor Herbert

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# 882 - 5¢ Edward MacDowell - Composer

Edward MacDowell was a European-trained American composer. His compositions, which included "Indian Suite" and "Woodland Sketches", were distinctly American and earned him directorship of the music department at Columbia University. However, his attempts to introduce European methods to American music instruction were met with resistance. He retired to his farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1904. Scott 882 Edward MacDowell

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# 883 - 10¢ Ethelbert Nevin - Composer

Like most talented musicians of his day, Ethelbert Nevin was trained in Europe. Professionally, he split his time between Europe and the United States, composing popular pieces such as "Narcissus" and "The Rosary". Nevin's bright career was cut tragically short when he died from poor health at the age of 38. Scott 883 Ethelbert Nevin

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# 884 - 1¢ Gilbert Stuart - Artist

Gilbert Stuart was recognized as on of the foremost American portrait painters of his day. His subjects were some of early America's most prominent public figures including George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Almost always in debt, Stuart never achieved financial success, but his works sit in the National Gallery of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Scott 884 Gilbert Stuart

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