David Starr Jordan

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David Starr Jordan (19 January 1851 – 19 September 1931) was an American ichthyologist, educator, and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and the founding president of Stanford University.

Jordan was also a eugenicist. He made a eugenics-based argument against (some forms of) warfare, contending that war was detrimental to the human species because it removed the strongest men from the gene pool.

Recently, he has started to be attacked due to his views on eugenics, with schools having his name being renamed.


  • Manual of the Vertebrates of the Northern United States (1876)
  • Science sketches (1887)
  • Fishes of North and Middle America (four volumes, 1896–1900)
  • Animal Life: A First Book of Zoölogy (1900), with Vernon L. Kellog
  • The Philosophy of Despair (1901)
  • Food and Game Fishes of North America (1902), with B. W. Evermann
  • Guide to the Study of Fishes (1905)
  • Life's Enthusiasms (1906)
  • The Blood of the Nation (1901 & 1910, expanded)
  • California and the Californians (1911)
  • War and Waste (1913)
  • War's Aftermath (1914), with H. E. Jordan
  • Days of a Man (1922) - autobiography
  • Ways of Lasting Peace
  • Democracy and World Relations
  • Imperial Democracy
  • Shore Fishes of Hawaii

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