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David Starr Jordan

1851-1931  
  • Educator, naturalist, philosopher, and university administrator.
  • A graduate of Cornell and Indiana Medical College (M.D., 1874), Jordan became a professor of zoology and then president of Indiana University. From 1891 to 1913 he served as the first president of Stanford University in California. The author of over 50 books, Dr. Jordan was a member of the California State Fish Commission, and his investigations of the exploitation of the salmon and fur seal populations helped save these species. His later career was devoted primarily to the cause of peace, freedom, and progressive reforms.
  • He served on the board of directors of the Sierra Club when Muir was President of the Club.



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