A competent biography of Ezra Cornell, the donor and founder of the University which bears his name. It is also a portrait of the educational scene in the late 19th century and highlights current attitudes on co-education and the founding of a Liberal Arts College for farmers. Of Quaker farm stock himself, Cornell early realized the necessities for scientific farming and the improvement of methods. But the money for the founding of the university came from his connection with the telegraph in its infancy in which industry he made- and lost- several fortunes.... An obvious market among old grads, this has a certain value as Americana for libraries although it lacks narrative verve. Limited.