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David Starr Jordan

Born: 19-Jan-1851
Birthplace: Gainesville, NY
Died: 19-Sep-1931
Location of death: Palo Alto, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Unitarian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Biologist, Activist, Administrator
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fishes of North and Middle America

Biologist and ichthyologist David Starr Jordan wrote several early and influential books on American species of fish, becoming one of the nation's foremost authorities on the natural sciences. Appointed President of Indiana University in 1885, he was at 34 the nation's youngest college president. At the request of Senator Leland Stanford, he became the first President of Stanford University, building the school's reputation and then rebuilding it after the earthquake of 1906. Famed for his scientific knowledge, Jordan used his public platform to speak against war, which he viewed as a violation of natural selection -- killing the fittest of humanity, and leaving the weak, infirm, and cowardly to continue the species.

Father: Hiram Jordan (b. 12-Feb-1809, d. 10-Jun-1888)
Mother: Huldah Lake Hawley Jordan (b. 9-Jul-1812, m. 2-May-1832, d. 1898)
Sister: Lucia Hawley Jordan Beadle (b. 1835, d. 1888)
Brother: Rufus Bacon Jordan (b. 1838, d. 1862)
Sister: Hawley Jordan (b. 1849, d. infancy)
Sister: Mary Jordan Edwards (b. 1854)
Wife: Susan Bowen Jordan (m. 10-Mar-1875, three children, d. 15-Nov-1885, three children)
Daughter: Edith Jordan
Son: Harold Jordan
Daughter: Thora Jordan
Wife: Jessie Louise Knight Jordan (b. 5-Nov-1867, m. 10-Aug-1887, three children)
Son: Eric Jordan
Son: Knight Jordan
Daughter: Barbara Jordan

    University: MS, Cornell University (1872)
    Teacher: Botany, Cornell University (1870-72)
    Medical School: MD, Indiana University (1874)
    Professor: Natural Sciences, Butler University (1875-79)
    Professor: Zoology, Indiana University Bloomington (1879-85)
    Administrator: President, Indiana University Bloomington (1885-91)
    Administrator: President, Stanford University (1891-1913)
    Administrator: Chancellor, Stanford University (1913-16)

    National Education Association (President, 1915)
    World Peace Foundation (Director, 1910-14)
    American Peace Society
    Risk Factors: Diabetes

Appears on the cover of:
Time, 8-Jun-1931, DETAILS: "On the Farm"

Author of books:
Manual of the Vertibrates of the Northern United States (1876)
Science Sketches (1887)
The Care and Culture of Men (1896)
Imperial Democracy (1899)
Animal Life: A First Book of Zo÷logy (1900, with Vernon L. Kellogg)
Fishes of North and Middle America (1900, four volumes; with Barton Warren Evermann)
The Philosophy of Despair (1901)
The Blood of the Nation (1902)
Food and Game Fishes of North America (1902, with Barton Warren Evermann)
Guide to the Study of Fishes (1905)
Life's Enthusiasms (1906)
Fishes (1907)
The Human Harvest (1907)
War and Waste (1914)
War's Aftermath (1914, with H. E. Jordan)
War and the Breed: The Relation of War to the Downfall of Nations (1915)
Ways of Lasting Peace (1916)
Democracy and World Relations (1918)
The Days of A Man (1922, memoir)
Plan of Education to Develop International Justice and Friendship (1924)


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