By Ross, Denman Waldo; Ross, Denman Waldo; Frank, Marie Ann
The lifestyles and regarded one of many founders of twentieth-century American design.
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In 1877, before ﬁnishing his doctorate, Ross tried to jumpstart his career as a scholar and gentleman by applying for Henry Adams’s recently vacated position at Harvard; he was politely but ﬁrmly turned down by Charles Eliot. Undaunted, he continued his work on early institutions. He gave papers at a meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Science and at Johns Hopkins University and published his book. These efforts resulted in his election to the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1885.
The concern for his family’s welfare spurred John to move them from Cincinnati to Boston in 1860, when Ross had just turned eight. The possibility of civil war had made Cincinnati a potentially dangerous location. ’’≥ The move would also put Frances closer to her family. Frances was the daughter of Henry and Catherine Richardson Waldo, who lived for a time on Beacon Street, next to the Athenaeum. Henry was a business partner of Amos Lawrence, and together they invested in the booming textile industry spawned by the success of Lowell’s mills and the power of the Merrimack River north of Boston.
He preferred to paint, go to concerts, and dance. In an attempt to pacify the unhappy Denman, his father gave him a membership at a nearby private library. The delighted teenager now spent his time reading novels. This set him further back at prep school, but Ross did not care: ‘‘I could get on and have a very good time without either the Greek or Latin languages. . I disliked the teacher and I disliked my studies. . Everybody, including the teacher, was bored to death. . ’’∞≠ Whether solely on account of Denman’s unhappiness or because of business interests, his father moved the family to New York City and took over the management of a chemical factory.
Denman Ross and American design theory by Ross, Denman Waldo; Ross, Denman Waldo; Frank, Marie Ann