(December 10, 1851-December 26, 1931)
Birth name was Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey
Invented the Dewey Decimal Classification system (1876)
Founded the American Library Association
Founded the Library Bureau Company (Boston, Massachusetts)
Founded the Spelling Reform Association (1886)
Died from complications of a stroke (cerebral hemorrhage)
Why he might be annoying
He invented a system for nerds.
He was obsessed with simplified spelling and even shortened his first name by removing the last two letters.
He sometimes spelled his last name 'Dui,' which happens to be the acronym for 'Driving Under the Influence.'
He organized librarian conferences (starting in 1876), the biggest geek meetings to take place before Star Trek Conventions (which began in 1972).
He cut his employees' salaries in half, claiming that he needed money to hire more workers.
He was accused of and investigated for illegal business practices on several occasions.
He ran a restricted Lake Placid recreation resort, barring Jews from admittance.
He was forced to step down from some esteemed positions because of his reputation as a womanizer and a bigot.
He developed retirement communities in New York and Florida, which is ironically the two states where most retired Jews live in America.
He looked like James Lipton from 'Inside the Actor's Studio.'
Why he might not be annoying
He's a librarian's wet dream.
He grew up in a poor family.
He had a stellar work ethic and spent a lifetime influencing education reform.
He worked as a librarian at Amherst College and Columbia College (later became Columbia University).
He opened the first library school while working at Columbia College (1887).
The United States Government sent him to London's International Library Conference as a delegate (1897).
He created jobs for crabby old ladies.
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