David Burnham - His love for drawing landed him a job as a draftsman. He had wanted to go to either Yale or Harvard but had performed badly on the entrance exams and was denied entrance. He tried several other careers, such as mining for gold in Nevada and selling plate glass in Chicago.
John Root - During the Civil War, his father sent him to England to attend Oxford. However, he was called home and his family moved to New York where he studied civil engineering.
Dr. Holmes - He was a teacher until he decided to go to the University of Michigan and become a doctor. Here he began a life of crime with an elaborate scheme of insurance fraud. From 1888 to 1896, he used five different aliases.
Frederick Law Olmsted - He was the landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York and the...
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