Thorstein Veblen

Thorstein Veblen (HM7HZ)

Location: Valders, WI 54245 Manitowoc County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 4.176', W 87° 52.952'

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(1857 - 1929)

One of Wisconsin's most controversial figures, Thorstein Bunde Veblen, was born near here July 30, 1857. In 1865 the Veblen family moved to Minnesota where Thorstein graduated from college in 1880. He was a deep thinker, usually lonely and always in debt.

After receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale in 1884, Veblen taught in several colleges. He was not a popular teacher but attracted dedi?cated followers to his extreme social and economic ideas. In 1899, his book "The Theory of the Leisure Class" created immediate controversy.

During much of his life, Veblen remained estranged from society. His pale, sick face, beard, loose-fitting clothes, shambling gait, weak voice and desperate shyness enhanced this estrange?ment and deepened his loneliness. Yet the society which did not accept Veblen the man did come to value the products of his penetrating mind. His books and arti?cles have been described as perhaps "the most considerable and creative body of social thought that America has produced."
HM NumberHM7HZ
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number176
Year Placed1970
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 429326 N 4879981
Decimal Degrees44.06960000, -87.88253333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 4.176', W 87° 52.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 4' 10.56" N, 87° 52' 57.12" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 112 Wilson St, Valders WI 54245, US
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