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1965 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Louis S. Vosburgh*

Chairman of the Board
Lincoln Extension Institute

"I read Horatio Alger's books when I was a boy and took them to heart."

Louis Vosburgh started life in a humble log cabin farmhouse in a wooded area of northern Michigan. Hard farm work under a stern father and economic hardship marked his early life. His formal education was largely acquired in a one-room country school. His mother died when he was 14. Vosburgh attended high school for only a few short months and then took a correspondence course in electrical engineering. He worked as an electrician for $1.50 a day, until his tools were stolen and he decided to change careers. Vosburgh entered the field of home-study education as a sales representative and advanced to district supervisor and general field superintendent. He founded the Lincoln Extension Institute in 1922, just before turned 27. He was the cofounder and organizer of the National Home Study Council. In 1958, President Eisenhower cited him for his contributions to the President's Committee on Education Beyond the High School. He was also a founding member of the National Council of Profit Sharing Industries.

* Deceased