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Dr. David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan1851 - 1931

David Starr Jordan was an American naturalist, educator, and worker for world peace. He was born at Gainesville, New York and educated at Cornell University. After teaching in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, he became president of Indiana University in 1885. In 1891 he went to Stanford University as its first president and built that school into an important institution. From 1913 to 1916 he was chancellor of the university.

However, David Starr Jordan may have made his greatest contribution as a voice which helped men to discover man's true relationship to his world. He was one of the first thinkers to help us realize that by unscientifically plowing plains, by cutting down our forest-watersheds, and by wantonly killing off wild life and human life man had destroyed the balance between the forces of destruction - construction.

Jordan, the philosophic, traveled and spoke extensively for "fair play between man and nations" as a director of the Ginn Peace Foundation and as President of the World's Peace Congress.

He knew that if mankind failed to strike a compromise between himself and nature, between man and man, this plundered planet would become the desolate abode of desolate men.