Melvil Dewey

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Melville Louis Kossuth "Melvil" Dewey (December 10, 1851 – December 26, 1931) was an influential American librarian and educator, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification, a founder of the Lake Placid Club, and a chief librarian at Columbia University. He was also a founding member of the American Library Association but resigned in 1905, due to allegations of sexual harassment, racism, and antisemitism.

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Melvil Dewey
President of the American Library Association
In office
May 1892  1893
Preceded byWilliam Isaac Fletcher
Succeeded byJosephus Nelson Larned
In office
1890  July 1891
Preceded byFrederick Morgan Crunden
Succeeded bySamuel Swett Green
Personal details
Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey

December 10, 1851 (1851-12-10)
Adams Center, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 26, 1931(1931-12-26) (aged 80)
Lake Placid, Florida, U.S.
  • Annie R. Godfrey
    (m. 1878)
  • Emily McKay Beal
    (m. 1924)
ChildrenGodfrey Dewey
Alma materAmherst College (AB, MA)
Known forDewey Decimal Classification