Goodnow, Frank Johnson

Goodnow, Frank Johnson

(go͝od`nō), 1859–1939, American expert on government; grad. Amherst (B.A., 1879; M.A., 1887) and Columbia (LL.B., 1882). After study abroad, he taught administrative law at Columbia for 30 years, was an adviser (1913–14) to the revolutionary Chinese government on drafting the new constitution, and was president (1914–29) of Johns Hopkins Univ. He is best remembered as a pioneer in the study of modern municipal government. Among his many books are Politics and Administration (1900, repr. 1967) and Social Reform and the Constitution (1911, repr. 1970).
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Goodnow, Frank Johnson

(1859–1939) political scientist, educator; born in Brooklyn, New York. An expert in constitutional and administrative law, he served as an adviser to President William Taft (1911–12) and to the Republic of China (1913–14). He taught at Columbia University (1883–1914) but left to serve as president of Johns Hopkins University (1914–29) where he was instrumental in dramatically increasing the endowment, enrollment, and curriculum. He wrote several important books including Municipal Problems (1897), Politics and Administration (1900), and Municipal Government (1909).
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