Mark E. Dixon

Articles by This Author

A Short History of West Chester’s Thomas S. Bell in the Civil War

West Chester's favorite son was one of the lucky ones.

How a Devon Man Became One of the Area’s Leading Ornithologists

Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee went on to serve as the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences’ curator of birds for nearly 50 years.

One Lower Merion Man’s Secret Double Life

William C. Colepaugh was once wanted by the FBI for being a Nazi agent.

A Swarthmore Student Was the Spanish Civil War’s First U.S. Casualty

Joseph Selligman disappeared from campus in 1936 to fight growing fascist forces in Europe.

By Sailing to Vietnam, This Swarthmore College Student Became a Campus Hero

John Braxton opposed the Vietnam War, so in 1967 he set sail with a group of Quakers to deliver medical supplies to the Vietnamese.

Alice Neel Beat the Art Market by Sticking to Her Aesthetic

Once rejected by critics, the Colwyn native’s paintings now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why the 4th Georgia Battalion was Kicked out of the Main Line

The bad-boy battalion was one of the unruliest during the Revolutionary War.

A Swarthmore College Student Helped Get Teddy Roosevelt Elected

After failing to graduate college, Richard Harding Davis went on to become one of the nation’s most influential journalists

Reexamining the Story Behind Indian Hannah

Early Chester County settlers did not treat the Native American figure as nicely as local legend recalls.

LGBT Activist Jack Adair Sought Safety on the Main Line in 1960

The area proved almost as unfriendly as Frank Rizzo-controlled Philadelphia.

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