Andrew Dickson White
Andrew Dickson White was a U.S. diplomat
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, historian, and educator, who was the co-founder of Cornell University
Cornell University
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Andrew Dickson White was born on November 7, 1832 in Homer, New York
Homer (town), New York
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 to Clara (née Dickson) and Horace White. Clara was the daughter of Andrew Dickson, a New York State Assembly
New York State Assembly
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man, and Horace was the son of Asa White, a farmer from Massachusetts
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 whose once successful farm was ruined by a fire when Horace was 13. Horace, despite little formal education and an impoverished background, became a wealthy merchant and, in 1839, opened a successful bank in Syracuse
Syracuse, New York
Syracuse is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, United States, the largest U.S. city with the name "Syracuse", and the fifth most populous city in the state. At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,170, and its metropolitan area had a population of 742,603...


The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God.

The History of the Warfare of Science With Theology in Christendom (1898), vol. II, ch. xvi, p. 149