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John W. Spaeth was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Haverford College in 1917. Afterwards, he got a master's degree from Harvard University, before serving in the US Army as a sergeant in World War I. After the war, he taught at the Haverford School, the Hill School, and the Penn Charter School before attending Princeton to acquire a PhD. He then moved into higher education teaching, working at Brown University for five years before settling down at Wesleyan. He spent the remainder of his teaching career there (1930-1966) before transferring into university archiving until 1972. Over the course of his life, he married Verna Follett and had three children: Margaret, Jane, and John III. He passed away in 1973 in Cromwell, CT. (Info taken from the New York Times, "Dr. John Spaeth of Wesleyan Dead" May 21, 1973)
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John W. Spaeth lecture notes (HCS.003.065) Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, PA. http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/5/resources/9928 Accessed December 09, 2019.