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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Albert Shaw

ALBERT SHAW, journalist, was born at Shandon, Ohio, July 23, 1857. He came to Iowa when a young man, entering Iowa College at Grinnell where he graduated in 1879. He first entered upon journalism by securing an interest in the Grinnell Herald but still continued his studies under Professor Macy, giving special attention to constitutional history and economic science. In 1881 he entered Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student, and while there attracted the notice of James Bryce who was preparing his “American Commonwealth,” and availed himself of Mr. Shaw's knowledge of western political and social conditions. In 1883 Mr. Shaw secured a position on the Minneapolis Tribune but returned to Johns Hopkins taking the degree of Ph. D. He then resumed work on the Tribune. While pursuing his studies he wrote a book called “Icaria; A Chapter in the History of Communism,” which became his thesis, was translated and published in Germany where it won the author an enviable reputation. After spending two years in study in Europe he gave lectures at Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Michigan Universities. In 1891 he was invited to establish the American Review of Reviews of which he has since been the editor. He is the author of “Municipal Government in Great Britain;” “Municipal Government in Continental Europe;” a “History of the Spanish-American War;” “History of the United States from the Civil War to the Close of the Nineteenth Century.” Dr. Shaw is a member of the American Economic Association, American Antiquarian Society, a fellow of the American Statistical Society and the New York Academy of Political Science. The Outlook says:

“Dr. Shaw has a catholicity of feeling and knowledge which very few Americans possess … and is one of the few journalists in this country who treat their work from the professional standpoint, who are thoroughly equipped for it and who regard themselves as standing in a responsible relation to a great and intelligent public.”