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Between 1876 and 1883, Melvil Dewey worked as a Boston entrepreneur promoting a variety of educational schemes that addressed the nation's library, metric, and spelling reform interests. During that time he started and lost one business and started another within weeks. In addition, he used his reform zeal to develop credibility with a number of associations that he had helped to organize, then lost that credibility, only to begin to rebuild it all over again. Throughout, he retained his boundless energy, intense commitment, self-righteous arrogance, and irrepressible reform spirit. He made many friends and enemies. Most who came in contact with him, however--whether they were his superior, peer, or subordinate--quickly recognized him as a forceful personality not easily swayed from goals he had set when he arrived in Boston in 1876. (Contains 19 footnotes.) (MES)

Descriptors: Biographies, Dewey Decimal Classification, Entrepreneurship, Librarians

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