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Russell Hillard Loines
Russell Hillard Loines was born in Brooklyn on March 16, 1874. His father, Stephen Loines was a marine insurance broker. Loines was a precious child and could read fluently at the age of three. He attended the Brooklyn Polytechnic from age twelve until he was seventeen and then three years as a special student at Columbia. At Columbia he played tennis and was a founder of the Columbia Literary Monthly. He was, during his college years, writing verse that appeared in various school literary magazines.
Loines attended Harvard as a graduate student in 1894-1895 where he came under the influence of Charles Eliot Norton. He took a philosophy course with Josiah Royce and continued to play tennis.
In the fall of 1895 he entered the Harvard Law School but continues his literary endeavors, including teaching poetry. In the summers of 1896 and 1898 he traveled in Europe.
A friend describes Loines as "a tall man, six feet two, with light-gray eyes, brown hair, faint eyebrows, large mouth, long nose and rather freckled." [Arthur W. Colton, "Biographical Sketch," in Russell Hillard Loines 1874-1922, 3-20, at 9]
Loines passed his Massachusetts bar examination in the spring of 1898 and entered the law office of R. Burnham Moffat on October 1st. The next spring he took and pass the New York bar examination. In the summer of 1899 he contracted malaria which would later play a pivotal role in his life. It was at the end of this summer that he decided to give up law and make literature his career.
Loines returned to Europe in 1902, this time London, where he spend a year studying admiralty law and marine insurance. On his return to New York he became associated with Johnson & Higgins working on marine liability issues. He was now more a businessman, than a lawyer. Loines originated, during WW I the American Steamship Owners' Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, an organization he would then lead. Within a few years of its founding the organization had some 150 employees in their New York offices. Loines managed the association, dealing with membership, finance, and claims issues. His interest in compensation laws, seamen's acts and bills-of-lading lead to his involvement in the International Law Association of which he was a member. He served as the American representative at the London conference of ship-owners, where the Hague Rules of 1921, governing the carriage of goods by sea, were adopted.
[Source: Arthur W. Colton, "Biographical Sketch," in Russell Hillard Loines 1874-1922: A Selection from His Letters and Poems with Biographical Sketch and Recollections By His Friends 3-20 (New York: Privately printed, 1927)]
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Russell Hillard Loines 1874-1922: A Selection from His Letters and Poems with Biographical Sketch and Recollections By His Friends (New York: Privately printed, 1927)
Poets and Poetry of the Final Years-1890-1900