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The unpublished biography of Glenn. In addition to the original 404 page typescript "John Mark Glenn -- and First Steps Toward Better Living Conditions" by Shelby Millard Harrison, a Sage Foundation staff member, there are photographs of Glenn, printed matters, and medals awarded to him and Mary Willcox (Brown) Glenn.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Mark Glenn papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Harrison, Shelby Millard. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1971. Accession number--M-71.
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Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.
May 2023 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
John Mark Glenn (1858-1950) was born in Baltimore, where he practiced law before coming to New York City. He studied at Washington and Lee University, Johns Hopkins, and University of Maryland. He was widely known in charitable service circles here and was a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University from 1906 to 1942. In 1906, he helped to found the Russell Sage foundation. He was the first secretary and remained a trustee for more than 41 years. During his time there, he helped direct the foundations's child welfare improvement program, a study of women in industry, loan shark control laws, safe Fourth of July program, education surveys and the development of a master plan for the New York City area. He also aided in the ten-year study of the New York metropolitan area and was a founder and director of the Regional Plan Association. In addition to his charitable services, he was also active in protestant Episcopal Church affairs.
His wife, Mary Willcox (Brown) Glenn, worked beside him in the national social work field until her death in 1940. She was the daughter of a prominent Baltimore banker. She died in 1940.
In 1950, John Mark Glenn died at the age of 91 in New York.