Charles Franklin Dunbar

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Charles Franklin Dunbar
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Born(1830-07-28)July 28, 1830
Abington, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 29, 1900(1900-01-29) (aged 69)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education Harvard University
Julia Ruggles Copeland
(m. 1853;died 1899)
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Charles Franklin Dunbar (July 28, 1830– January 29, 1900) was an American economist. He held the first Chair of Political Economy at the Harvard University in 1871. [1] [2]



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Economic Essays, title page (1904)

Charles Franklin Dunbar was born in Abington, Massachusetts on July 28, 1830. [3] [2] He graduated from Harvard University in 1851. [4] From 1885 to 1898 he served as a trustee and later as president of the Board of Trustees of Phillips Exeter Academy.

He married Julia Ruggles Copeland on November 30, 1853. She died on November 29, 1899. [5]

Charles Franklin Dunbar died at his home in Cambridge on January 29, 1900. [5] [6]

Dunbar Hall, a dormitory on that school's campus, was named after him in 1901, as was its replacement after it was destroyed by fire in 1907. [7]


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