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Employment History

Board Member

American Social Science association


American Economic Association

Vice President

American Economic Association

Professor of Economics

American Economic Association


American Academy of Political and Social Science



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American Academy of Political and Social Science

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HENDERSON, Thomas Jefferson, representative, was born in Brownsville, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1824; son of William H. and Sarah M. (Howard), grandson of John and Nancy (Singleton) Henderson, and of Edmund and Edith (Murphy) Howard; and great grandson of William Henderson, who was born in Hanover county, Va.

JAMES, Edmund Janes, political economist, was born at Jacksonville, Ill., May 21, 1855; son of the Rev. Colin D. and Amanda (Casad) James; grandson of the Rev. Dr. William B. and Elizabeth (Duling) James, and descendant on his mother's side of Jacques Casad (Cossart), New York city, April, 1663; also of Thomas Blossom, deacon of the first Plymouth church elected in America; also of Francis Drake, William Trotter and John Martin, all of whom came to New England before 1650.
Edmund was graduated from the Illinois State Normal school, studied at the Northwestern university and Harvard college and pursued courses in economics and social science at the universities of Halle, Leipzig, and Berlin, taking the degree of Ph.D. in 1877 at Halle. He was principal of the Evanston, Ill., public high school, 1878-79; principal of the model school of the Illinois State Normal university, 1879-83; and was chosen professor of public finance and administration at the University of Pennsylvania in 1883, and at the same time was given charge of the Wharton School of Finance and Economy, connected with the university. He declined a professorship of political economy at Harvard in 1890; the head professorship of political science at the University of Chicago in 1892, and one in economics at the Leland Stanford, Jr., university, and the presidency of two great western state universities, and that of the University of Cincinnati. He was sent to Europe in 1892, by the Bankers' association, to report on the education of business men in Europe. He accepted the chair of public administration in the University of Chicago in 1896. He was actively interested in the movement for the general introduction of the kindergarten into the public school system; in the manual training movement; in the introduction of the elective system into colleges; in the development of higher commercial education, and in the agitation for the professional training of teachers at the universities. He was elected a member of the National Council of Education, 1891, and of the American Philosophical society; director of the American Social Science association; first president of the Municipal league, Philadelphia; vice-president of the American Economic association in 1885; president of the University Extension society in 1894; president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 1889; and member and vice-president of the Illinois State Historical Library board. He founded in 1881 and edited the Illinois School Journal (1881-83); was co-editor of the Finanzarchir, Würtemburg, Germany, 1884, and editor of Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (1889-96). His bibliography, which contains papers, monographs, and over one hundred articles in cyclopædias and educational journals, includes, among his published volumes: Stüdien über den Amerikanschen Zolltarif (1877); Introduction to Ingram's History of Political Economy (1888); addresses on the Education of Business Men (1891); The Farmer and Taxation (1891); Education of Business Men in Europe (1893); The City Charters of Chicago (1898 and 1900); Municipal Government in Prussia, and The Territorial Laws of Illinois, 1809-1812.

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EDMUND J. JAMES, Illinois, 1910

Simon Patten on Public Infrastructure and Economic Rent Capture [cached]

Along with Edmund James and Richard T. Ely, Simon Patten studied in Germany in the late 1870s.

His friend James was appointed senior professor at America's first business school, the Wharton School of Finance and Economy at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1883, a year after it started classes.
In 1885, James, Ely, and Patten took the lead in founding the American Economic Association.
Three years later James helped bring Patten onto the Wharton faculty as its first professor of economics, a chair Patten held until 1917. (I summarize Patten's life and major writings in Hudson 2010.) From his defense of protectionist trade policy to his advocacy of social reform, Patten recognized that national economies were at different stages.

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Edmund J. James (1890-1901) Staff

Edmund James, an American ... [cached]

Edmund James, an American trained in Germany and with strong interest in Public Finance and Management, is hired as professor and becames the school's first director.

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