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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer$
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James Dempsey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049267

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049267.001.0001

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The Chicago Experiment

The Chicago Experiment

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(p.29) 5 The Chicago Experiment
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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer
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James Dempsey

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049267.003.0005

By May 1916, Thayer had met and fallen in love with Elaine Orr. Before the two married, however, Thayer set himself a test of mettle: to go to a strange city without any money and support himself. He travelled to Chicago and took a job selling automobile directories while living in a modest rental room. He managed to make a living and returned home to marry Elaine, believing he had proven his ability to provide for a family despite his inheritance. The marriage took place in Orr's hometown of Troy, New York, where her family had prospered in paper manufacturing.

Keywords:   automobile directories, Chicago, marriage, Elaine Orr, Troy, New York

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