JOHN L. STODDARD was born
in Brookline, Mass., April 24, 1850. He graduated at Williams College,
as valedictorian of his class, in 1871, and then studied theology for
two years at Yale Divinity School. Next he taught Latin and French in
the Boston Latin School. In 1874 he was able to gratify a long cherished
desire to travel in foreign lands, and not only made the customary tour
of Europe, but visited Greece, Asia Minor, Palestine and Egypt as well.
He then studied in Germany, and upon his return to America, began his
career as a lecturer, which for about twenty years has known no
interruptions save those due to his repeated visits to remote countries.
His travels embrace nearly all the habitable parts of the globe.
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