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Conwell, Russell H(erman) (1843-1925).

clergyman, lecturer, author. Born in Maine, Conwell followed many pursuits before he became minister of a church in Lexington, Massachusetts, and then one of the most celebrated lecturers in the country, first on the Redpath, later on the Chautauqua circuit. Best known of his lectures was <IR> ACRES OF DIAMONDS </IR> , delivered more than 6,000 times. It was Chautauqua's most reliable stand-by, and Conwell influenced millions of listeners with his doctrine that wealth and power lay within the grasp of everyone, that no one had the "right to be poor," and that "love is the grandest thing on God's earth, but fortunate is the lover who has plenty of money." Conwell amassed a large fortune, using it mainly to help poor youths get an education and then founding Temple University.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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