Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue

Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue (Hardback)

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 Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

In the most comprehensive biographical study of John Purdue (c. 1802-1876) to date, Purdue's great-great-grandniece describes her travels to the diverse places where Purdue had lived in order to learn about the mysterious relative known in her family as "Uncle". Using fresh, unpublished source materials-including Purdue's personal correspondence, business ledgers, and the family oral histories-the author examines Purdue's beginning among illiterate, immigrant, Pennsylvania mountain-hollow folks. Uncle challenges a commonly held belief that Purdue was a cold-hearted business mogul. Instead the author shows Purdue as a human being and as a generous family man with a visionary nature.

About the Author(s):

Irena McCammon Scott is the great-great-grandniece of John Purdue. She lives in Delaware County, Ohio, on a farm John Purdue is believed to have purchased in 1865 for his sister, Catherine Purdue McCammon. She has a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Missouri, was an Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Bonaventure University, and has done research and teaching at Cornell University, the Ohio State University, and the University of Nevada. She has published works in biology and about Ohio history, and she is listed in Who's Who in the World, World Who's Who of Women, Who's Who in the Midwest.