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Langston Hughes (1902-1967) The author and “Poet Laureate of Harlem” quit Columbia University in 1922, broke with his father, and worked a season growing onions on a truck-garden farm on Staten Island. He remembers “There was something about such work that made you feel important . . seeing [the onions] go off to feed the great city of New York. Your onions!” He slept in the barn on a pile of hay and visited Port Richmond during his free time. His experiences on Staten Island are recounted in his autobiography The Big Sea (1940).
French mathematician & philosopher Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)