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PREFACE

"Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in the world, is at bottom the history of the great men who have worked here," says Carlyle. “The history of the world is the biography of great men.”

What the historian-philosopher esteemed the truest form of history is undoubtedly the form which appeals earliest and most strongly to the child mind. This fact has been recognized by educators, and biographical stories in the lower grades are wisely made the foundation for more comprehensive work in advanced grades.

The following biographies of men and women prominent in the making of American history are intended as an introduction to a topical study of the history of the United States. These biographies are prepared to meet the requirements of the New York State schools; the author has followed the plan outlined in the State Syllabus. She has in every case consulted the most recent and authoritative biographies, and has endeavored to make the narrative truthful and vivid.

PUBLISHERS' NOTE

This book contains all the biographical matter required for the sixth grade in the Elementary Syllabus of the New York State Education Department, and follows faithfully the outlines given.

The style is clear, easy, and concise, common words and short sentences being used.

The aim is to bring out, so far as the brief space will allow, those biographical and dramatic elements which make the strongest appeal to the pupil.

While no attempt is made to present a continuous history of our country, these biographies show its development from the time of discovery and exploration through the days of colonization and settlement to the present period of invention and industrial supremacy.

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PAGE

PAGE ADAMS, SAMUEL

149 LA SALLE, ROBERT DE Bacon, NATHANIEL 122 LEE, ROBERT E.

277 BALTIMORE, CECIL CAL- LEIF THE LUCKY

7 VERT, LORD.

105 LINCOLN, ABRAHAM 257 BARTON, CLARA

290 McCORMICK, CYRUS . 230 BELL, ALEXANDER GRA- MacDONOUGH, THOMAS . 204 236 Minuit, PETER

84 BOONE, DANIEL

200

MONTCALM, Louis, MAR-
CABOT, JOHN.

37
QUIS DE

136 CARNEGIE, ANDREW 297 MORSE, SAMUEL F. B. 233 CHAMPLAIN, SAMUEL DE . 94 OGLETHORPE, JAMES EDCLAY, HENRY 247 WARD

114 CLINTON, DEWITT 218 PENN, WILLIAM

. 109 COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER 20 PERRY, OLIVER HAZARD : 204 De Soto, FERDINAND 31 PHILIP, KING OF WAMDEWEY, GEORGE B. . 292 PANOAGS

118 DRAKE, SIR FRANCIS . 41 POCAHONTAS

58 EDISON, THOMAS A. 238 Polo, MARCO

13 FARRAGUT, David G. . 282 RALEIGH, SIR WALTER 46 FIELD, CYRUS W. 236 SCHUYLER, PHILIP

169 FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN 126 SMITH, CAPTAIN JOHN 51 FULTON, ROBERT 223 STANDISH, MILES .

62 GRANT, ULYSSES S. 267 STEPHENSON, GEORGE 220 GREENE, NATHANAEL . 176 STUYVESANT, PETER . 89 HAMILTON, ALEXANDER 193 WASHINGTON, GEORGE . 156 HENRY, PATRICK

142 WEBSTER, DANIEL 253 HUDSON, HENRY". 80 WHITNEY, ELI

226 JACKSON, ANDREW 240 WILLIAMS, ROGER

76 JEFFERSON, THOMAS 186 WINTHROP, JOHN, GovJONES, JOHN PAUL 181 ERNOR

70 LAFAYETTE, MARIE JEAN, WOLFE, JAMES

136 MARQUIS DE

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