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Mary Quayle Innis
(1899–1972) Mary Quayle Innis, Canadian historian and economic historian, was born Mary Emma Quayle in St Mary’s, Ohio, on 13 April 1899. Her parents were Frederick R. Quayle, who installed telephone units for a livelihood, and Efﬁe Lloyd Quayle, a home-maker. Mary was the oldest of four children; the other three were boys. Because of her father’s job, the family moved every few years, so that she grew up in a number of small American towns. She ﬁnished her secondary schooling as an honour student at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois (Pell, 1989). Mary studied at the University of Chicago from 1915 to 1919, graduating with a Ph.B. degree in English. She took a variety of courses besides 11 in English language and writing, among them six in political economy and seven in history. During her ﬁnal year at university she became acquainted with Harold Adams Innis (1894–1952), her economics teacher, who was studying for his Ph.D. They became engaged in 1920 and married in 1921, settling in Toronto where her husband would be a professor at the University of Toronto for the rest of his life. Even before her marriage, Mary helped her ﬁancé with his Ph.D thesis, A History of the Canadian Paciﬁc Railway, ﬁnally published as a book in 1923. In 1922, she accompanied her husband on a research trip to Europe and England to gather information for the book he was writing, published as The Fur Trade in Canada. The...
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