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Washington Irving Maurer


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 5/20/2010 at 07:07:51

Washington Irving Maurer was born at Garnavillo, Iowa, on September 2, 1879. He graduated in 1904 from the Garnavillo High School, and for the next three years assisted his brother, Oscar E. Maurer, in publishing the 'Garnavillo Sentinel'. The next two years were spent in teaching school. In the autumn of 1899 he entered Beloit College Academy, and one year later entered the college at Beloit with the class of 1904. He led the freshman team in debate against Ripon College, but was compelled to see his team defeated by a unanimous decision. He was a member of the sophomore debating team which defeated Carleton College at Northfield, Minnesota. In his junior year he led the debating team which defeated Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois. In this year also he entered the local contest in oratory with his oration on Bismarck, entitled, "The German Monarchist." He won the preliminary contest, the home contest, the State contest, and secured first place in the Inter-State Contest on May 1, 1903, at Cleveland, Ohio. In his senior year Mr. Maurer won the prize for the best senior oration on graduation day. At present he is teaching in Beloit College Academy.

~Winning Orations of the Inter-state Oratorical Contests 1890-1907, Vol 2, Inter-State Oratorical Association, 1908, pg 271


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