Reverend Russell Conwell, the founder of Temple University, circa 1922.
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Rev. Russell Herman Conwell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front.

Credit: Library of Congress

The inspirational pastor of Philadelphia's Grace Baptist Church, Russell Conwell (1843 -1925) was a regular fixture on the Chautauqua circuit. After founding Temple University in 1888, Conwell supported the fledgling working man's college with fees earned by performing his famous "Acres of Diamond" speech more than 6,000 times.

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