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Levi P. Morton

Levi Parsons Morton was the 22nd vice president of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He served as United States ambassador to France, as a US representative from New York, as the 31st governor of New York; the son of a Congregational minister, Morton was born and educated in Vermont and Massachusetts, trained for a business career by clerking in stores and working in mercantile establishments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. After relocating to New York City, Morton became a successful merchant, cotton broker, investment banker. Active in politics as a Republican, Morton was an ally of Roscoe Conkling, he was twice elected to the United States House of Representatives, he served one full term, one partial one. In 1880, Republican presidential nominee James A. Garfield offered Morton the vice presidential nomination in an effort to win over Conkling loyalists who were disappointed that their choice for president, Ulysses S. Grant, had lost to Garfield. Conkling advised Morton to decline, which he did.

Garfield offered the nomination to another Conkling ally, Chester A. Arthur, who accepted. After Garfield and Arthur were elected, Garfield nominated Morton to be Minister Plenipotentiary to France, Morton served in Paris until 1885. In 1888, Morton was nominated for vice president on the Republican ticket with presidential nominee Benjamin Harrison. In 1894, Morton was the successful Republican nominee for governor of New York, he served one term, 1895 to 1896. In retirement, Morton resided in Rhinebeck, New York, he died in 1920, was buried at Rhinebeck Cemetery. Morton was born in Vermont, he was one of six children born to the Reverend Daniel Oliver Morton, a Congregational minister and Lucretia Parsons. Morton was named for his mother's brother Reverend Levi Parsons, a clergyman, the first U. S. missionary to work in Palestine. His older brother, Daniel Oliver Morton, served as the Mayor of Toledo, Ohio from 1849 to 1850, his younger sister, Mary Morton, was married to William F. Grinnell, was the mother of William Morton Grinnell.

Morton's family moved to Springfield, Vermont in 1832, when his father became the minister of the Congregational church there. Rev. Morton headed the congregation during the construction of the brick colonial revival-style church on Main Street, still in use today. Levi P. Morton was considered by his Springfield peers to be a "leader in all affairs in which schoolboys engage." The Morton family moved to Winchendon, where Rev. Morton continued to serve as a church pastor. Morton attended the public schools of Vermont and Massachusetts and the academy in Shoreham, Vermont, he decided on a business career, worked as a general store clerk in Enfield, Massachusetts. Morton taught school in Boscawen, New Hampshire, engaged in mercantile pursuits in Hanover, New Hampshire, moved to Boston to work in the Beebe & Co. importing business. He settled in New York City, where he entered the dry goods business in partnership with George Blake Grinnell, became a successful cotton broker, established himself as one of the country's top investment bankers in a firm he founded, Bliss & Co.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the 45th Congress, was appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes to be an honorary commissioner to the Paris Exhibition of 1878. Identified with the Stalwart faction of Republicans led by Roscoe Conkling, Morton was elected to represent Manhattan in the 46th and 47th Congresses, he served from March 4, 1879 until his resignation, effective March 21, 1881; the 1880 Republican National Convention was dominated by Half-Breed supporters of James G. Blaine and Stalwart supporters of Ulysses S. Grant for the presidential nomination. James A. Garfield, not affiliated with either faction, but was a friend of Blaine's, won the nomination and attempted to win over Stalwarts by asking Morton to be his vice presidential running mate. Conkling, who had managed Grant's campaign, advised Morton to decline. Garfield's supporters turned to Chester A. Arthur, a fellow Stalwart and close Conkling friend. Conkling advised Arthur to decline, but Arthur accepted.

After Garfield's election, Garfield offered Morton appointment as Secretary of the Navy, which he declined. Morton asked to be appointed United States ambassador to either the United Kingdom or France, Garfield appointed him to the position in Paris, he was U. S. Minister Plenipotentiary to France from 1881 to 1885. Morton was popular in France, he helped commercial relations between the two countries run smoothly during his term, in Paris on October 24, 1881, he placed the first rivet in the construction of the Statue of Liberty. After completion of the statue, he accepted Liberty on behalf of the United States in a ceremony on July 4, 1884, by signing the Union Franco Americaine contract. After returning to the United States, Morton was a candidate for U. S. Senator in 1885, he lost the Republican nomination to William M. Evarts, who went on to win election by the full New York State Legislature, he was again a candidate in 1887. Republicans controlled the legislature, meaning their nominee would win the election.

Incumbent Warner Miller was recognized as a member of the Half-Breed faction, while state Republican boss Thomas C. Platt, who had succeeded Conkling as le

Frederick Lenz

Frederick Philip Lenz, III known as Rama and Atmananda, was a spiritual teacher who taught what he termed American Buddhism, including the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Zen and Mysticism. Dr. Lenz was an author, software designer and record producer. Dr. Lenz was born February 1950, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. At the age of three, he and his family moved to Connecticut, he spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years there. Dr. Lenz's father, Frederick Lenz Jr. worked as a marketing executive and went on to become the mayor of Stamford from 1973 to 1975. His mother, Dorothy Lenz, was a student of astrology. After high school, he spent a short period of incarceration in a work camp near San Diego for possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor offense, removed from the court records by way of a dismissal. After the work camp, he traveled to Kathmandu and encountered a Tibetan Buddhist monk who informed him that in the future, he would help millions of people and carry on the teachings of a lineage that had disappeared.

Lenz graduated from Rippowam High School in 1967. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he majored in English and minored in Philosophy, he was inducted as a member of graduated Magna Cum Laude. After college, he won a competitive State of New York Graduate Council Fellowship enabling him to continue his studies, he earned a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from State University of New York at Stony Brook. His doctoral dissertation was on "The Evolution of Matter and Spirit in the Poetry of Theodore Roethke". Lenz said that the core of his teachings were contained in his books, Snowboarding to Nirvana and Surfing the Himalayas, the latter of, a national best-seller kept on the nightstand of singer and author Tina Turner. Lenz's work, including his teaching and projects, focused on modern spiritual enlightenment through the application of Eastern religious principles; the main themes of his teaching included the practice of meditation and working in the world, the enlightenment of women.

Lenz instructed students on methods for living more productive, fulfilled lives. He was an advocate of computer science and other mentally challenging professions as a means of achieving mental clarity. Dr. Lenz wrote he first went into samadhi, or a state of spiritual absorption, at the age of 19. In his books Surfing the Himalayas and Snowboarding to Nirvana he stated that traveling to sacred locations heightened his experiences in meditation. Beginning in 1972, he became a student of Hindu guru Sri Chinmoy, who gave him the name "Atmananda" meaning "one who Bliss is in the Self". In 1981, after moving back to San Diego, he broke with Chinmoy and founded his own teaching center called Lakshmi."Self-discovery is the essential core of all of Rama's teaching", according to Zoe Nicholson. "The principle is simple. It has been covered with lifetimes of tendencies and fear of the unknown. Through the practice of Self Discovery all these layers are peeled back revealing one's true nature: perfect pure light."Lenz is quoted as saying, "It's necessary for you to have a strong base... the economic independence to live a life of beauty and meditative seclusion.

The strength and freedom to live a life of oneness." and that, "Money is energy in today's world. A great deal of the teaching that I do is about your ability to achieve financial independence." He taught. Throughout his 27 years as a teacher, he offered thousands of free public meditations where he introduced numerous people to meditation, some of whom became students. At the end of 1982, he adopted the teaching name of "Rama", stating that he was not the historical Rama but rather represented a warrior quality implied in that name, he said he remembered all of his previous reincarnations, including his life as a high priest in Atlantis, as a teacher in ancient Egypt, India and Tibet. His students wrote that they witnessed him perform miracles, or siddha powers, including levitation, disappearing, turning rooms to molten gold light, projecting light from his hands, transforming into an old, bearded Asian man before their eyes, he took his students on field trips to the deserts of Southern California and to Disneyland where a number of these events were witnessed.

Lenz stated: “I like miracles. They inspire me. Miracles cause you to believe, to have faith in the unseen, to look further into things, deeper into things. Miracles are the fun of enlightenment; when a teacher does a miracle – an enlightened teacher – and someone sees it, they’re astonished. They have faith in what the teacher has to say about self-discovery and spirituality and enlightenment.” Lenz's core teachings focused on the practice of meditation, the enlightenment of women, living and working in the world as a Buddhist practice. The following quotes are taken from public talks he gave in the 80s and 90s: "Enlightenment is a timeless void. It's an emptiness; that light is suffused through every part of your being. It is your being. There's no sense of separation between the light. There's no self but the light. That's enlightenment – timeless, perfection." "Only a pure heart, a pure heart can house eternity. Your heart has to be pure. You can only want that, good. You have to live in goodness all the time, nothing else can matter

Pacific Marine Review

Pacific Marine Review was an American monthly magazine published from 1904 to 1950 dedicated to marine and shipping news. The magazine aimed to cover marine affairs in Seattle, Tacoma, Victoria, San Francisco and other ports on the North Pacific Ocean impartially, without preference for any particular port. Pacific Marine Review was established in Seattle, Washington on April 1, 1904; the magazine was published by the newly organized Pacific Marine Review Company with offices on 1311 Third Ave. in Seattle. At the time of the first publication, regional newspapers, including The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Vancouver Province complimented Pacific Marine Review for its illustrations, "handsome design," and the quality of editing. During the next nine years, the magazine's paid circulation reached 1,500. On April 1913, the magazine was sold to a publisher from San Francisco; the new home of Pacific Marine Review became 24 California St. in San Francisco. The new publisher has lowered subscription price from $3 to $2 and doubled the magazine's paid circulation which reached 2255 by 1914.

By 1930, the magazine's headquarters moved to 576 Sacramento St, its paid circulation reached 3473. The subscription price remained at $2, the advertising rates varied from $100 to $160 per page. By 1940, Pacific Marine Review paid circulation decreased to 3050, the publisher lowered the subscription price to $1.50. By 1950, the subscription price was back at $2, the magazine's headquarters moved again, this time to 580 Market St. and the paid circulation peaked at 4083 The December issue of 1950 became the last in the magazine's history. Shipbuilding Marine engineering Pacific Marine Review at the Internet Archive

Sidney Verba

Sidney Verba was an American political scientist and library administrator. His academic interests were American and comparative politics, he was the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and served Harvard as the director of the Harvard University Library from 1984 to 2007. Verba was educated at Harvard College and Princeton University, served on the faculty of Princeton, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, before returning to Harvard, where he would spend the rest of his career; as he gave notice of his intention to retire in 2006, Verba observed: "Academics are the only people I can think of for whom this sentence makes sense:'I'm hoping to get some time off so that I can get some work done.'" Verba grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where his family ran a "small mom-and-pop dry goods store and always worried about money." After high school he attended Harvard College, where he earned a degree in Literature. He began graduate school in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, intending to join the foreign service, but transferred to Princeton's politics department and earned a PhD.

After graduate school Verba stayed at Princeton as a research assistant and assistant and associate professor. In 1964, Verba moved to Stanford University, where he was a full professor for four years, the University of Chicago for another four years; as a member of the Harvard faculty, Verba's contributions to the life of the scholarly community extended beyond the realm of his academic discipline or his administrative title. For example though he "retired" in 2007, he continued to chair a University Committee on Calendar Reform which had begun its work in 2003; this committee was composed of students and faculty members drawn from across the University’s Schools and Faculties. In 2008, the Committee's efforts reached fruition as Harvard President Drew Faust announced the adoption of a coordinated academic calendar that synchronizes the academic schedules of Harvard’s 13 Schools. Verba's committee managed to preserve the traditional eight-day reading periods for undergraduates, one of the best features of the former calendar, while eliminating impediments to student cross-registration.

No less important, the Verba committee's work helped to align Harvard’s calendar with those of most colleges and universities in the U. S. making it easier for Harvard students to compete for internships, study-abroad experiences, work opportunities during breaks and summer vacation. Harvard President Derek Bok named Verba to be director of Harvard University Library in 1984; when I appointed him more than 20 years ago, we were only beginning to realize what the revolution in information technology would mean. Sid's foresight has helped to preserve our valuable collections and opened Harvard's vast resources to scholars and students throughout the world. I believe that generations of students will benefit from the doors that Sid has opened." -- Derek Bok. When Verba retired from the post, he had served longer than anyone else who had held the title of director of the University Library. Four specific areas in which Verba's contributions at Harvard have become the model for other academic and research libraries: HUL's "Harvard Depository" -- a "sophisticated way" of addressing the problem of needing to send books off campus.

With a digitized collection, "Harvard users gain online access to the full text of out-of-copyright books stored at HD. For books still in copyright, Harvard users could gain the ability to search for small snippets of text and to view tables of contents. In short, the Harvard student or faculty member would gain some of the advantages of browsing that remote storage of books at HD cannot provide. HUL's Digital Initiative—influencing the ways libraries see themselves as responsible for creating and managing digital content."Plans call for the development of a unique union catalog linking the Google search engine with the online HOLLIS catalog, thus furthering retrieval of information on the location and availability at Harvard of works identified through a Google search. This would merge the search capacity of the Internet with the deep research collections at Harvard into one seamless resource-a development important for undergraduates who see the library and the Internet as alternative and rival sources of information.

HUL's Open Collections Program -- something of a counterpart to the Google project, though less well known, it aims to digitize and make available university resources on a given topic. Women Working, 1800–1930. Immigration to the United States, 1789–1930. Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemic. HUL's preservation staff and program."The possibility of a large-scale digitization of Harvard’s library books does not in any way diminish the University’s commitment to the collection and preservation of books as physical objects. The digital copy will not be a substitute for the books themselves. We will continue to acquire materials in all formats and we will continue to conserve them. In fact, as part of the pilot we are developing criteria for identifying books that are too fragile for digitizing and for selecting them out of the p

1982 All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship Final

The 1982 All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship final was a hurling match, played at St. Brendan's Park, Birr on 12 September 1982 to determine the winners of the 1982 All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship, the 19th season of the All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship, a tournament organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association for the champion teams of the four provinces of Ireland; the final was contested by Cork of Munster and Galway of Connacht, with Cork winning by 0-12 to 0-11. The All-Ireland final between Cork and Galway was the eighth championship meeting between the two teams but their first in an All-Ireland final. Cork were appearing in their first final since defeat in 1977, while Galway were appearing in their first final since 1979. Having lost the senior All-Ireland decider to Kilkenny the previous week, Cork's under-21 team featured three players - Ger Cunningham, Kevin Hennessy and Tony O'Sullivan - who had played in that game. Both defences were in complete control in the first goalless final.

The game hung in the balance throughout, with Cork coming from behind in the closing stages to win by a long-range Kevin Hennessy point. Cork's All-Ireland victory was their first since 1976; the win gave them their eighth All-Ireland title overall and further secured their position as first on the all time roll of honour. Galway's All-Ireland defeat was their second since last winning the title in 1978

Trent's Last Case (1929 film)

Trent's Last Case is a 1929 American Pre-Code detective film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Raymond Griffith, Marceline Day, Raymond Hatton, Donald Crisp. It was released by Fox Film Corporation; the film was released in a silent version and a sound version, with the sound version having talking sequences, a synchronized music score, sound effects. The film is based on the novel Trent's Last Case by British writer E. C. Bentley. A previous version starring Clive Brook was filmed in the UK in 1920 and released by Stoll Film Company. A leading financier is found dead at his home, leading amateur detective Philip Trent to investigate the case. Raymond Griffith as Philip Trent Marceline Day as Evelyn Manderson Raymond Hatton as Joshua Cupples Donald Crisp as Sigsbee Manderson Lawrence Gray as Jack Marlowe Nicholas Soussanin as Martin Anita Garvin as Ottilie Dunois Edgar Kennedy as Inspector Murch According to Silent Era, a print exists. Incomplete print held by the Library of Congress. Trent's Last Case Trent's Last Case at IMDB Trent's Last Case at SilentEra