God, Science and Philanthropy: the strange story of Sir John Templeton and his library

Sir John Templeton was a bright, vigorous guy, born in Winchester, TN, with no indication that he would be someday become the sort of man to stumble out of a Gothic Victorian novel. Along with an extraordinary intelligence, he possessed an uncanny knack for playing the odds. Rising from his father’s failure in cotton futures, Sir John worked his way through Yale by working three jobs and winning hand after hand of poker at which he was really a prodigy. Now flush with money Templeton became a favorite in Yale’s…

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