The New Student's Reference Work/Tarbell, Ida Minerva
Tar′bell, Ida Minerva. A noted American writer upon historical and economic subjects. Born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 5, 1857, she grew up in the oil-region. She graduated with honors from Titusville High School and Allegheny College, and studied in Paris, 1891-4, at the Sorbonne and the College of France where she began to make her mark as an historical writer. She for eight years was associate-editor of The Chautauquan, later was on the editorial staff of McClure's Magazine, and finally was an associate-editor of it. Among her writings are Short Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; Life of Madam Roland; Life of Abraham Lincoln; and History of the Standard Oil Company. She has written extensively for magazines.