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Samuel Train Dutton, a biography

Samuel Train Dutton, a biography

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Samuel Train Dutton, a biography

Samuel Train Dutton, a biography

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with much patient labor by Mrs. Dutton, have been naturally my chief storehouse of authoritative information, and the admirable sketch


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to the surviving members of Mr. Dutton's immediate family, who, by entrusting to me the preparation of this memoir, have


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of whom were associated with Mr. Dutton in the Horace Mann School , and to Miss Susan Olmstead, Secretary in


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Appendix: List of Mr. Dutton's More Important Publications 278


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Mr. Dutton at Graduation, 1873 17


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His father, Jeremiah Dutton, was a man of granite character, like the soil that nourished him. The


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was an admirable helpmeet for Jeremiah Dutton, she was in many respects his complement. In her own way she was


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of the wellknown writer, Mrs. Adeline Dutton Train Whitney, indicates. Mrs. Whitney, whose home was at Milton, Mass., spent her


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Rebecca Hammond Train, Mother of Samuel Train Dutton.


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seamstress and mother's helper for Mrs. Dutton and like an elder sister to the younger children. She says, It was


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16, 1849, and was christened Samuel Train Dutton.1


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ance upon Mrs. Dutton, chanced to see the young man entering the yard, and, thinking to avert


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necessity chiefly concerned with i Mr. Dutton's phrase was "hooked."


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York Tribune, John Heald, Samuel T. Dutton, and Thomas P. Wickes of the class of '74. Dutton was also


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Samuel T. Dutton in 1873.


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Antiques and Horribles in which Sam Dutton harnessed and bestrode a Jersey cow, and rode it through the village in


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the future against financial worries. Mrs. Dutton was always his helpmeet in deed as well as in word.


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to the high school under Mr. Dutton's supervision. It was not Mr. Dutton's own teaching that drew them. He was


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Mr. North, the father of Mrs. Dutton, in a family letter under date of April 29, 1877:


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left to right: Edward, Mary, Mrs. Dutton, Mr. Dutton, Hammond, standing in rear: Silas and Samuel Samuel T. Dutton About


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right: Edward, Mary, Mrs. Dutton, Mr. Dutton, Hammond, standing in rear: Silas and Samuel Samuel T. Dutton About twelve years


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Samuel T. Dutton At New London, N. H. Samuel T. Dutton About the time of


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in rear: Silas and Samuel Samuel T. Dutton About twelve years old.


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ministry, I don't know." When Mr. Dutton had supervised the Eaton School district for four years, Mr. Parish's retirement from


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to us." This was also Mr. Dutton's gospel. He agreed also with Dr. Harris that not only literature but all


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After the battle was over, Mr. Dutton reviewed the conflict briefly in a letter, dated October 9, 1878, thus:


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system of New Haven, when Mr. Dutton took charge of it, had been marking time and had almost forgotten to


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in maintaining itself. In 1885 Mr. Dutton and others tried to make the Hopkins School the Classical Department of the


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the introduction of vocational instruction. Mr. Dutton gave his most serious thought and careful investigation to the then new demand


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up a rather haphazard training. Mr. Dutton described the practice merely to condemn it : The practice has been repeatedly


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the training school enterprise was Mr. Dutton's earnest desire to introduce kindergartens in New Haven. They were distinctly a novelty.


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but patient effort triumphed and Mr. Dutton was proud of the sympathetic and intelligent cooperation secured among his primary teachers.


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the book." The years which Mr. Dutton spent in South Norwalk and at the Eaton School were precisely the years


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who places discipline before teaching." Mr. Dutton had learned at South Norwalk the value of social support for school work.


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Among the speakers whom Mr. Dutton brought to these public meetings was Henry Ward Beecher. After his speech was


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from outside of New Haven. Mr. Dutton was already widely acquainted in his profession. He had an almost unerring scent


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in the high school, and Mr. Dutton. These three assembled in Mr. Colby's office, agreed that each one should prepare


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in the old Law Chambers, Mr. Dutton spoke on New Ideas in Education," pleading for some of the radical changes


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own indebtedness. Yet he and Mrs. Dutton were such careful managers that they were able to accomplish all this, to


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and strict economy, but to Mr. Dutton his mother's wishes were sacred, and neither he nor his wife had any


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and it was never forgotten." Mr. Dutton's activities in New Haven brought him invitations to other fields. The school publishing


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the instruction of this class Mr. Dutton created out of his wide acquaintance a sort of faculty of assistants, each


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Edward Everett Hale appealed to Mr. Dutton for his opinion. The latter wrote a letter to the Boston Transcript, defining


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public function, or how absorbed Mr. Dutton himself might be in meeting people of social standing, at no time did


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Germany and France. In Paris Mr. Dutton and Mr. Lincoln had the joint pleasure of selecting suitable pictures and decorations


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Mr. Dutton was one of a party of friends that went to Europe, in company


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Crane, Judge James Dunbar, Samuel T. Dutton, Miss Martha Hopkins, and Mrs. Henry M. Whitney. The membership of the


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In Mr. Dutton's report for 1896, in addition to a picture of the handsome high school


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and frills" in the schools. Mr. Dutton, however, was strong in the support of the Education Society and of the


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Education Society were placed within Mr. Dutton's reach by the nearness of Brookline to Boston. Eager as he always was


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The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Dutton had been childless.


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excellent and well-known lineage, and Mr. Dutton


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due legal form, Maude and Lillian Dutton, and a new family life began, which, as all who came and went


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themselves to Naas, Sweden, where Mr. Dutton had expected to "observe" for only a week or so. Perceiving that the


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beginning of September, 1898, therefore, Mr. Dutton waved good-bye to his family from the steamboat dock in New York, and


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and it was determined that Mrs. Dutton and the girls should spend the whole scholastic year of 1898-1899


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days. Do you wonder," wrote Mr. Dutton to his wife, "that I envied him?" On the following Thursday and Friday


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for publication, and wrote to Mrs. Dutton that the president of the Macmillan Company wanted him to follow that book


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in inspection, Dean Russell invited Mr. Dutton to consider an appointment as Superintendent of the Horace Mann Schools, the model


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the offer, and by June Mr. Dutton's letters show that his mind was practically made up. He wrote to Mrs.


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himself as earnestly desirous that Mr. Dutton should accept the offer, and by June Mr. Dutton's letters show that his


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made up. He wrote to Mrs. Dutton, June 7, 1899:


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occurred on June 27th, and Samuel T. Dutton and Elihu Root were the honorary M. A. class of that year.


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presented a formal invitation which Mr. Dutton promptly accepted. He and his household therefore bade farewell to Brookline in September,


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of Master of Arts, Mr. Samuel Train Dutton, who was graduated at Yale in 1873. Mr. Dutton after holding the


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training, and the domestic arts. Mr. Dutton has made special endeavors to unite the family, the church, and the different


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In September, 1900, Mr. Dutton faced a task at Teachers College, different from every other new work that


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of rapidly growing schools. To Mr. Dutton a school was a failure unless its daily life was happy. To that


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could not be eliminated, but Mr. Dutton did not fail to emphasize and illustrate clearly the serious danger that the


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free school in which, as Mr. Dutton said, students of Teachers College were permitted to render assistance, "not only in


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garden. About the time when Mr. Dutton retired from Teachers College, the Speyer School was made a part of the


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as the students did-or could. Mr. Dutton's acquaintance with people of distinction, already large when he came to New York,


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the material for this volume Mr. Dutton was aided by one of his student-associates, Dr. Jesse D. Burks, during 1903


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the production of this book Mr. Dutton enjoyed the collaboration of another one of his advanced students, Dr. David Snedden.


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in schools, and another introduces Mr. Dutton's favorite topic of school and society. The later issues of the work contain


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In 1904 Mr. Dutton had to complete plans for the further education of his daughters. The elder


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his daughters. The elder daughter, Maude Barrows Dutton, who was graduated in 1903 from Smith College, had displayed decided literary


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and fall of 1904 Miss Maude Dutton was busily engaged upon two school reading books to be called the World


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did in December, and that Mr. Dutton should try to complete his college and school work by the end of


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DUTTON tion of these books Mr. Dutton collaborated with his daughter, and they were published under his name as editor.


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of Sarah Mott and Maude Barrows Dutton are joined upon the title page with that of the editor. The


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But Mr. Dutton had, as usual, the full courage of his convictions. He brought together a


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About the time that Mr. Dutton was launching the Round Table into the full tide of success and was


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and possibilities of that institution. Mrs. Dutton, who was present, had heard Dr. Patrick tell her story in Boston some


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about between Dr. Patrick and Mr. Dutton a meeting, which proved to be the starting point of the latter's lifelong


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president of Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Dutton recognized the opportunity for a great service. He engaged at once with Dr.


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Rev. Dr. James Dennis, Samuel T. Dutton, Robert Erskine Ely, Titus B. Meigs, George A. Plimpton, Oscar S. Straus,


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close to Mr. Dutton's heart. His educational experience and position and acquaintance in this country made him


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a little toward the expenses." Mr. Dutton also became intimately concerned with the welfare of two New England schools of


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During the spring and fall Mr. Dutton spent each week-end at Wallingford. He thus kept the school intact and energized


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endowment acting as honorary pallbearers. Mr. Dutton wrote to his wife, I find that Mr.


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Edwin Mead, with whom Mr. Dutton had been closely associated in the foundation of the Twentieth Century Club of


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Straus was elected president and Samuel Dutton, secretary. A little later, Dr. Jefferson became chairman of the Executive Committee. The


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due to the efforts of Mr. Dutton, who threw all his soul into the work, and served as secretary and


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responsibility for the whole undertaking Mr. Dutton was chairman and Dr. Ely was secretary. Mr. Carnegie presided at the meetings.


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Dutton's committee, of which Mr. Dutton was helmsman, pilot, and captain. Dr. Ely, Mr. Dutton's closest associate in this


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as heavily burdened as Europe." Mr. Dutton's success with the New York Peace Congress and his appearance at The Hague


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in 1907. Two years later Mr. Dutton became one of its Directors, and he was its Honorary Secretary to the


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exchange professorships. In this society Mr. Dutton was actively interested and he enabled its officers to hold their monthly meetings


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sufficiently show why in 1908 Mr. Dutton felt that it was necessary for him to relinquish much of the work


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Mr. Holt to consult Professor Samuel T. Dutton and Mr. Edwin D. Mead. This advice was followed. At a subsequent


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Albert Smilev, Edwin Mead", Samuel T. Dutton, Hamilton Holt." President Butler communicated this letter to Mr. Carnegie, and early


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Carnegie were very close to Mr. Dutton's mind and heart during that winter. Mr. Ginn was full of questions and


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is not unlikely that, as Mr. Dutton said, Mr. Carnegie had already determined in his own mind to do something


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Dr. Butler, Dean Kirchwey, and Mr. Dutton represented Columbia. Among the others present were John H. Finley, Woodrow Wilson, Robert


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many distinguished names." Mr. and Mrs. Dutton and their daughter Lillian sailed from New York on June 3, 1909. They


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the Lord Mayor of Chester, George Dutton.


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love. With Mrs. Carnegie's permission, Mr. Dutton proposed a toast to our host, which drew forth an appreciative response.


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his native place. He wanted Mr. Dutton to see the schools there, and the town which Mr. Carnegie loved, and


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H. D. Peirce, through whom Mr. Dutton had an hour of conversation with the King.


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Bosphorus. I met Dr. and Mrs. Dutton at the Stamboul customhouse and it was their first introduction to the anomalies


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educational. In the three countries Mr. Dutton was guest of honor at fifteen dinners and luncheons.


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and pleasant, and Dr. and Mrs. Dutton enjoyed it very much indeed during the few weeks of their visit. He


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Constantinople, and the presence of Mr. Dutton's friend, Mr. Straus, all helped to introduce Mr. Dutton without delay into the


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to enter Columbia University and Mr. Dutton maintained close relations with them as an adviser, friend and oft-times a genial


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of international peace in which Mr. Dutton and some of his associates had been so long trying to interest Mr.


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Mr. Dutton, by Mr. Carnegie's invitation, submitted to him a list of names of men


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peace movement had received, congratulating Mr. Dutton as one of "the men behind the Carnegie Foundation," and adding: Some of


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from his friend's let-ters that Mr. Dutton had, in the fall of 1911, tentatively decided to withdraw three years later


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scholar of unusual attainments, and Mr. Dutton found this service most profitable. After it was completed, Dr. Butler took occasion


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DUTTON this federal relationship, and Mr. Dutton became, in addition to his position in the State Society, the representative director


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defined as a business vocation. Mr. Dutton was an executive by intuitive knowledge, rather than by the mechanical application of


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his letter to President Butler, Mr. Dutton said :


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in due course of time, Mr. Dutton became the first professor emeritus upon the rolls of Teachers College.


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had been the intention of Mr. Dutton to go to Europe


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the last week in July, Mr. Dutton accepted Dr.


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Mr. Dutton wrote, with Mr. Hirst's approval to M. Prudhommeaux in Paris, the European secretary


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hope seems to have been Mr. Dutton's. The others were skeptical.


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evening of August 28th, and Mr. Dutton clearly describes the dilemma in which they immediately found themselves.


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representing all the contending parties. Mr. Dutton talked with American missionaries, and visited various mission schools. One was a French


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the thing to cover." Finally Mr. Dutton found a guide and interpreter, Mr.


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English persistence succeeded better than Mr. Dutton had feared. Under date of September 8th, he wrote to Mr. Dutton, still


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that I wanted to see." Mr. Dutton was greatly and most agreeably surprised by the action of the Greek Government


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was satisfied from personal observation. Mr. Dutton was the author, as had been previously agreed, of the seventh and last


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During Mr. Dutton's stay in Sofia he found time to visit (Sept. 17, 1913) the girls'


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This requirement," remarks Mr. Dutton, "can be easily met, as the Constantinople College for Women and the Institute


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conjunction with these practical achievements, Mr. Dutton summed up the best results of his labors on the Balkan Commission and


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Sincerely yours, (Signed) Samuel T. Dutton." These carefully considered and statesmanlike suggestions were made, it will be observed,


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Prince. If the forces that Mr. Dutton outlined could have been functioning in the Balkans in the spring of 1914


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of Education in Massachusetts, sent Mr. Dutton a copy of his latest annual report, in which the commissioner had outlined


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during this last year of Mr. Dutton's active supervision. This was always the aim of Mr. Dutton's best hope and


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Mr. Dutton was completely surprised, and so overcome that he replied with great difficulty. His


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Mr. Dutton had expected to go to Europe in the summer of 1914 to attend


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sanitation. In the plans of Mr. Dutton and Dr.


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all associated. This conference," wrote Mr. Dutton in cordial approval, "marks an advance in the educational situation in the Near


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a result of the situation." Mr. Dutton carried the question to Rustem Bey, the Turkish Ambassador at Washington. The latter


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Mr. Dutton had as usual selected a company of new professors and instructors in the


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in the spring of 1915, Mr. Dutton was asked by the Red Cross to accept from it a commission to


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chairman, Mr. Crane, treasurer, and Mr. Dutton, secretary.


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160 SAMUEL TRAIN DUTTON Mr. Dutton's attention, and Dr. Lynch's editorial and secretarial duties were always insistent and increasing.


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missionary from Asia Minor, whom Mr. Dutton asked to lead in raising a specified sum from one of the larger


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Mr. Dutton had his trials also in the relief organization with those who naturally gravitated


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to right : Mr. Morgenthau, Mr. Dutton, Mr. Dodge.


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the work of the Committee. Mr. Dutton was a member of the committee which, headed by Cleveland H. Dodge, went


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SAMUEL TRAIN DUTTON countrymen. When Mr. Dutton became a leader in the nation-wide movement for succoring Armenians and Syrians, some


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efforts of Madame Grouitch, whom Mr. Dutton had met in Belgrad in 1913, a meeting of citizens was called in


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following order, by Henry Clews, Samuel T. Dutton, Joseph Silverman, John Wesley Hill, and James G. Beemer. Mr. Dutton became


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Mr. Dutton attended some of these conferences, but was too much engrossed with his other


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national distinction. Over there is Sam Dutton crying, 'Peace! Peace!' and over here is General Macomb, crying, 'Johnny, get your


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secretaryship, and in September, 1916, Mr. Dutton became his successor. After this date, Mr. Dutton's time and strength were divided


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During the fall of 1916 Mr. Dutton elaborated and initiated plans for the development of the World Court League. The


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may be accepted as embodying Mr. Dutton's view of reconstruction, devised to base peace upon justice:


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renewed its ruthless submarine warfare, Mr. Dutton promptly coneluded that the entrance of the United States into the war had


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summer and fall of 1917 Mr. Dutton was chiefly busied with the financial problems of the World Court League, of


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President Wilson's inspection was mainly Mr. Dutton's work.


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upon related topics reveal in Mr. Dutton's thought an absorbing interest in this revival of a buried civilization. So engrossed


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the burden." With this statement Mr. Dutton submitted two maps, one showing the Greater Armenia of the Armenians' dream, and


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Mr. Dutton felt confident that the Administration was in agreement with his own views. In


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date of April 24, 1918, Mr. Dutton reviewed the whole situation in a letter to Senator Wadsworth of New York,


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there be any doubt of Mr. Dutton's entire thought, it is well to add here a few sentences that he


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Writing to Mr. Dutton, Shukri said :


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work attained an unprecedented magnitude. Mr. Dutton had obtained in the winter of 1915-17 the consent of the Rockefeller Foundation


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speak during the intermission, and Mr. Dutton, with the experiences of the conference still warm in his memory, made a


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1918, what was very nearly Mr. Dutton's own conviction.


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Kellogg, Wm. B. Guthrie, and Samuel T. Dutton." In January, 1919, the idea of this telegram was the basis of


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League. This was done with Mr. Dutton's hearty approval. The joint committee was organized and incorporated as a separate society


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Nations Union." This was probably Mr. Dutton's last utterance for publication. It should be noted that neither Mr. Dutton nor


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Mr. Bingham was already assured. Mr. Dutton was also fortunate in gaining the attention of some of the officers of


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At about the same time Mr. Dutton sent to the Press an admirable statement of the history, achievements, and purposes


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Mr. Dutton now endeavored to realize the second of the purposes that he had outlined


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department. The best memorial to Mr. Dutton's labors for the races of the Near East entered upon its career of


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a raw and blustery Saturday. Mr. Dutton had been greatly overworked in the preparation for this departure, and was, in


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[taking] at the present time." Mr. Dutton's reply expresses gratification at "the broad view which you hold in regard to


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passed in pleasant intercourse and Mr. Dutton seemed to be improving. He arranged to return to New York on the


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been colleagues and associates with Mr. Dutton in his life-work were assembled as pall bearers. Dr. Raymond C. Knox, chaplain


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much interested, and to associate Mr. Dutton's name with their benefaction.


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Samuel Train Dutton was physically a man of medium height and weight. The tones of


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Mr. Dutton entered into no athletic diversions in the form of games. His life was


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Mr. Dutton was himself entirely free from any disposition to pose. He was always simple


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remember rightly there was a Thomas Dutton in that group. Some of their descendants emigrated to New Hampshire, Vermont, and


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information about the Dutton lineage. Mr. Dutton's answer was so characteristic that it may be reproduced here almost verbatim.


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one I knew was Hon. George Dutton, a friend of Gladstone, who was the mayor of the city, and also


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city, and also his son, Harry B. Dutton, who has also been both a high sheriff and mayor of the


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My dear Miss Dutton :


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will be glad to." To Mr. Dutton, Christianity was a mode of life. He sought to make it a daily


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ideals." From the moment when Samuel Dutton seized his Yale diploma and betook himself to South Norwalk to be a


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In both respects Mr. Dutton stood out not only as a leading exemplar but also as a conspicuous


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To Mr. Dutton no theory, no method had the appearance of finality. Intent upon the spirit


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T. U., some of them Mr. Dutton's own friends. It almost attained success, but was finally killed by Mr. Dutton's


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York University Law School, and Samuel T. Dutton, who made public schools into community centers. Perhaps these men became true


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Mr. Dutton's personality was a strong factor in our school assemblies. He read the Bible


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Columbia University and befriended there: Samuel T. Dutton surely has tributes paid to him by abler hands, but none can


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of the Turkish students whom Mr. Dutton brought to Columbia University and befriended there: Samuel T. Dutton surely has tributes


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societies and organizations with which Mr. Dutton had been closely associated.


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memorial service in honor of Samuel Train Dutton was held in the auditorium of the Horace Mann School in the


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to the memory of Dr. Samuel Dutton. It is safe to say of him that in the whole wide range


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Since Mr. Dutton's sad death I have been trying to define the secret of his uniqueness,


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to do his own best. Mr. Dutton idealistically always said the best. The world, alas ! is now almost wholly


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by the thousands-the spirit of Samuel T. Dutton has gone out, and will continue to go out to all the


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the call was presented to Mr. Dutton, however, to become Superintendent of the Horace Mann School and Professor of School


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and the services of Doctor Samuel Train Dutton, who died March


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thinks of the career of Samuel Dutton. A poor farmer's boy, born in the last days of homespun among the


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In both of these movements Mr. Dutton was generally recognized as a pioneer thinker and leader. As superintendent of schools,


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dear friend, that gallant gentleman, Samuel Train Dutton." Professor David S. Snedden, State Superintendent of Education in Massachusetts :


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him familiarly and heartily as Sam Dutton.


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Mr. Chairman, and friends of Samuel Train Dutton:


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and in their ultimate career, Samuel Train Dutton and Hollis Burke Frissell,


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Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: Samuel Dutton didn't quite run away from the New Hampshire farm to enter Yale University


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all respected him for it. Sam Dutton attended the first prayer meet-ing of our class that we had in freshman


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man would have said that Samuel T. Dutton would not make a strong treasurer-his manner was too quiet, he was


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have been written of Dr. Samuel Train Dutton. I remember some months ago attending a reception which he gave at


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of those students wrote to Mrs. Dutton upon hearing of Dr. Dutton's death, 'The peoples of the Near East needed


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but without popular acclaim. Professor Samuel T. Dutton was a leader in education and


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and career of men like Samuel T. Dutton. More than ever, our American society is to be influenced and shaped


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his interests and achievements. That Samuel Train Dutton


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surroundings of sense and sight? Sam Dutton-one of my close friends in college! I have been looking at his photograph,


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My dear Mrs. Dutton:


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of knowing such men as Sam Dutton and Burke Frissell, to mention only two among those who have gone before


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My dear Mrs. Dutton:


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affection, 'Yours Lillian Rogers." Mr. Dutton regarded Miss Rogers as one of his best teachers in the Brookline schools,


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Dear Mrs. Dutton:


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My acquaintance with Mr. Dutton began in New Haven as early as 1879 and soon ripened into friendship.


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264 SAMUEL TRAIN DUTTON Mr. Dutton's removal from New Haven to Massachusetts and my own to New Hampshire -both


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I knew Mr. Dutton very well when we were in college.


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adopted by organizations with which Mr. Dutton was connected.


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Turkey, upon the death of Samuel Train Dutton, LL.D.


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tribute to the late Dr. Samuel T. Dutton'was passed at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Branch of the Constantinople


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Samuel Train Dutton, born an educator, because born with a sense of the brotherhood of


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My dear Mrs. Dutton :


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'Memorial Minute on Samuel Train Dutton, LL.D.


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copy of these Minutes to Mrs. Dutton, who was his partner in thought and deed.' Very sincerely, W. Henry Grant,


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My dear Mrs. Dutton:


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Mrs. Samuel T. Dutton, "c/o Dr. Frederick Lynch, Spuyten Duyvil, N. Y. Dear Madam:


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death of the late Professor Samuel T. Dutton, the Relief Committee for Greeks of Asia Minor sustain a great loss,


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their colleague and friend, Dr. Samuel Train Dutton, has left this mortal life.


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sorrow at the death of Samuel T. Dutton, who for several years served as a representative of the Society in


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their fellow trustee and friend, Samuel Train Dutton, who died March 28, 1919.


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In the death of Dr. Samuel T. Dutton, the Japan Society has lost an enthusiastic and devoted member, and the


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of the death of Dr. Samuel T. Dutton. The tidings of his sudden passing from earth have given us all


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ask you to convey to Mrs. Dutton and to your wife this expression of the great appreciation by the officers


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New Education, a conversation with Samuel T. Dutton (also in a pamphlet reprint).


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APPENDIX Mr. Dutton's More Important Publications


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Mr. Dutton's annual reports as city superintendent of schools in New Haven, 1881-1890, and as


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Hunting and Fishing" (collab. of Maude Barrows Dutton and Sarah M. Mott). 2: In Fields and Pasture" (collab. of Maude


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Trading and Exploring" (collab. of Maude Dutton Lynch and Agnes V. Luther).