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In the Interest of Mankind: A 1916 epideictic speech from George E. Vincent, a Chautauqua native-son

In the Interest of Mankind: A 1916 epideictic speech from George E. Vincent, a Chautauqua native-son

Chautauqua Institution native-son George E. Vincent, eschewing the beard his father, John Heyl Vincent, wore, possessed a dimpled chin and dark, kind eyes. He was given the college education his father had missed.

In his book Chautauqua: A Center for Education, Religion, and the Arts in America, Theodore Morrison wrote that the young Vincent’s “leadership at Chautauqua was a true filial succession, yet it seems clear that the son belonged to a later generation than the father in mores and beliefs as well as chronology.”

Prestige, Community, Individual Development — even in a land undeveloped

Prestige, Community, Individual Development — even in a land undeveloped

Having arrived at Chautauqua to assist then-director Scott Brown in 1905, Arthur E. Bestor assumed the title himself in 1907 — in a kind of administration round robin — when George E. Vincent was appointed Chautauqua Institution president. All three men associated with one another through the University of Chicago.

The Institution had enjoyed considerable growth and success in the early part of the 20th century, thanks in part to the efforts of Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. W.H. Hickman. Also, the era had brought to Chautauqua stability of personnel and fiscal perpetuity.

In her book, Three Taps of the Gavel: The Chautauqua Story, Alfreda L. Irwin wrote that Hickman wanted “to bring Chautauqua expenditures fully within the limits of its income, … clean up all debts except bonded debt, … complete the buildings that had been started and push with vigor the Commercial Block enterprise, … (and see) the strongest men in the country on the Board of Trustees, men who would not only serve, but who could and would give largely to the various phases of the larger life of Chautauqua.”