History of Tufts College, 1854-1896Start, Alaric Bertrand
EDWIN A. START, A. M.
EDWIN AUGUSTUS START was born in North Bridgewater (now Brockton), Massachusetts, June 1, 1863, his parents being the Rev. W. A. Start, of the Class of '62, and Philena C. (Stevens) Start. He received his preliminary education in the schools of Melrose and Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduating from the Cambridge High School in 1880. He entered Tufts College in the Fall of the same year, and graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1884.
Throughout his course he maintained a high rank in his class, and was prominent in all student affairs. Endowed with a large measure of dramatic ability, he often read in public, sometimes furnishing entertainment for an entire evening, while upon the college platform he won two first prizes and one second prize in Oratory. During his Senior year he was Editor-in-chief of the "Tuftonian," and at the same time he revived the "Shield" of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, continuing to edit it for a year after his graduation.
After completing his college course Mr. Start spent some months in historical study, and in teaching as substitute Principal of a large school in Quincy, Massachusetts. Deciding to make journalism his profession, he joined the staff of the "Boston Daily Advertiser" in January, 1885.
He was married on September 9, 1885, to Julia Edith Moor, daughter of the Rev. Clark R. Moor, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
During the ensuing year and a half Mr. Start served on the "Advertiser" as reporter, night city editor, and special
|correspondent. In the Spring of 1886 an overturn occurred in the management, and several members of the staff left the paper, Mr. Start being among the number. He then purchased the Franklin (Massachusetts) "Sentinel," which he edited for a little less than a year, leaving Franklin in February, 1887, to assume the associate editorship of the Rutland (Vermont) Daily "Herald," then under the management of Col. Albert Clarke, formerly of the Boston "Advertiser," and now Secretary of the Home Market Club.|
Mr. Start's health broke down under the long strain incident to a strike in the " Herald" office during the labor agitations of 1887, compelling him to give up all work for five months. In May, 1888, having recovered his health, he became president, editor, and manager of the "New England Observer," published at Keene, New Hampshire. As an editor and as an orator he was active in the campaign of 1888, and pushed the "Observer" to a place in the front rank of the New Hampshire press in point of influence.
In Cheshire County he was a prominent figure in the law and order campaign which was vigorously pursued in New Hampshire in 1888-89.
In 1889 Mr. Start became part owner, editor, and manager of the Bellows Falls (Vermont) "Times." At the close of 1889 the "Observer" was merged in an older rival, and a few months later Mr. Start disposed of his interest in the "Times," and became private secretary of the Hon. Carroll S. Page, of Hyde Park, in his campaign for the Republican nomination for the Governorship of Vermont. For the successful issue of this, - one of the hottest political canvasses Vermont has known, -Mr. Page gave a large measure of credit to his efficient secretary.
During the next few months Mr. Start devoted himself to general literary work, contributing articles to the "New England Magazine," and other periodicals. In June, 1891, he became associate editor of the Daily " Press " at
|Middletown, New York, remaining there until the death of his wife in January of the following year.|
In the Spring of 1892 he spent some time in Virginia, making a detailed study of the Hampton Institute and of early Virginia history. A part of the results of this work appeared in an article entitled "General Armstrong and the Hampton Institute," which was first published in the "New England Magazine," and subsequently printed separately and given a wide circulation.
In May, 1892, Mr. Start was appointed Instructor in History at Tufts College. He at once set about the difficult task of organizing his department, and has been remarkably successful in spite of a discouraging lack of facilities for work.
He has taken an active interest in progressive educational movements, and has done some effective work in the advancement of the study of history outside the college. The new curriculum was adopted by the Faculty in 1893 substantially as prepared by him for the committee of which he was a member. Since that was adopted he has turned his attention to securing a corresponding modification of entrance requirements which will recognize the educational value of a wider range of subjects. He secured the appointment, by the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools, of a conference on college entrance requirements in history, and as its secretary drafted the detailed report, the recommendations of which were adopted by the Association, subsequently received the unanimous endorsement of the Schoolmasters' Association of New York, and have been made the basis of action by later conferences and by college faculties.
During his first year as an Instructor Mr. Start found time for a course of graduate study at Harvard, from which he received the degree of A. M. in 1893. He is doing some more advanced work in Cambridge at the present time. He
|has contributed a large number of historical and other articles to various periodicals. He was one of the sixteen organization members of the Delta Chapter of Massachusetts of Phi Beta Kappa, and has been its Marshal since its foundation. He was one of the organizers of the Twentieth Century Club, in which he is very active. He is also a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and of the Association of Guarantors of the American Historical Review.|
Published by the Class of 1897. The original contains appendices with a directory of alumni, the college catalog, and the college charter. These were not included in this addition.
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