David Starr Jordan
David Starr Jordan (January 19, 1851 – September 19, 1931) was the founding president of Stanford University, serving from 1891 to 1913. He was an ichthyologist during his research tenure and then served as president of Indiana University.
David Starr Jordan
|1st Chancellor of Stanford University|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Ray Lyman Wilbur|
|1st President of Stanford University|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||John C. Branner|
|7th President of Indiana University|
|Preceded by||Lemuel Moss|
|Succeeded by||John Merle Coulter|
|Born||January 19, 1851|
Wyoming County, New York
|Died||September 19, 1931 (aged 80)|
Susan Bowen Jordan
(m. 1875; died 1885)
Jessie Knight Jordan
|Children||Knight Starr Jordan, Eric Knight Jordan, Barbara Jordan, Edith Jordan Gardner|
|Profession||Ichthyologist, University President|
|Academic advisors||Andrew Dickson White|
|Doctoral students||Charles Henry Gilbert|
|Other notable students|
|Author abbrev. (zoology)||Jordan|
Starr was also a strong supporter of eugenics, and his published views expressed a fear of "race-degeneration" and asserted that cattle and human beings are "governed by the same laws of selection." He was an antimilitarist since he believed that war killed off the best members of the gene pool, and he initially opposed American involvement in World War I.
Early life and careerEdit
Jordan was born in Gainesville, New York, and grew up on a farm in upstate New York. His parents made the unorthodox decision to educate him at a local girls' high school. His middle name, Starr, does not appear in early census records, and was apparently self-selected; he had begun using it by the time that he was enrolled at Cornell. He said that it was in honor of his mother’s devotion to the minister Thomas Starr King.
He wrote in his autobiography The Days of a Man, "During the three years which followed [my entrance as a "belated" freshman in March 1869], I completed all the requirements for a degree of Bachelor of Science, besides about two year of advanced work in Botany. Taking this last into consideration, the faculty conferred on me at graduation in June 1872, the advanced degree of Master of Science instead of the conventional Bachelor's Degree... it was afterward voted not to grant any second degree within a year after the Bachelor had been received. I was placed, quite innocently, in the position of being the only graduate of Cornell to merge two degrees into one."
His master's thesis was on the topic "The Wild Flowers of Wyoming County".
He wrote in his autobiography that while teaching at Indianapolis High School, "I was also able to spend some time in the Medical College, from which, in the spring of 1875, I received the (scarcely earned) degree of Doctor of Medicine, though it had not at all been my intention to enter that profession." Jordan taught comparative anatomy at the college the following year (1876). The Indiana Medical College in Indianapolis had opened in 1869 and closed its doors in 1878.
He was then accepted into the natural history faculty of Indiana University Bloomington as a professor of zoology in 1879. His teaching included his version of eugenics, which "sought to prevent the decay of the Anglo-Saxon/Nordic race by limiting racial mixing and by preventing the reproduction of those he deemed unfit."
Jordan married Susan Bowen (1845-1885), a biologist and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (whom he had met at Louis Agassiz’s Pekinese island Summer School of Science), in her hometown of Peru, Massachusetts on March 10, 1875. She died at age 39, after 10 years of marriage, following a brief illness. Bowen was six years Jordan’s senior.
Jordan later married Jessie Knight (1866–1952) in 1887. At the time of their marriage, two years after his first wife’s death, Knight was 21 years old and Jordan was 36. They met while he was serving as president of Indiana University. He and his second wife had three additional children: Knight Starr (1888–1947), Barbara (1891–1900), and Eric Knight (1903–1926).
Indiana University presidencyEdit
In 1885, he was named president of Indiana University and became the nation's youngest university president at only 34 and the first Indiana University president who was not an ordained minister.
He improved the university's finances and public image, doubled its enrollment, and instituted an elective system; like Cornell's, it was an early application of the modern liberal arts curriculum.
In March 1891, he was approached by Leland and Jane Stanford, who offered him the presidency of Leland Stanford Junior University, which was about to open in California. Andrew White, the president of Cornell, had been offered the position but instead recommended Jordan to the Stanfords based on an educational philosophy fit with the Stanfords' vision of a nonsectarian co-educational school with a liberal arts curriculum. Jordan quickly accepted the offer, arrived at Stanford in June 1891, and immediately set about recruiting faculty for the university's planned September opening. Pressed for time, he drew heavily on his own acquaintances; most of the 15 founding professors came either from Cornell or Indiana University. That first year at Stanford, Jordan was instrumental in establishing the university's Hopkins Marine Station. He served Stanford as president until 1913 and then chancellor until his retirement in 1916. The university decided not to renew his three-year-term as chancellor in 1916. As the years went on, Jordan became increasingly alienated from the university.
While he was chancellor, he was elected president of the National Education Association. Jordan was a member in the Bohemian Club and the University Club in San Francisco. Jordan served as a director of the Sierra Club from 1892 to 1903.
In 1899, Jordan delivered an essay at Stanford on behalf of racial segregation and racial purity. In the essay, Jordan claimed that "For a race of men or a herd of cattle are governed by the same laws of selection." Jordan expressed great fears and phobias for "race degeneration" that would result unless great endeavors were put forward to maintain "racial unity."
Eugenics-based argument against warEdit
One of Jordan's main theses in the essay was that his goals for an ideal society are better engendered by peace than war. His argument against warfare contended that it is detrimental because it removes the strongest men from the gene pool. Jordan asserted, "Future war is impossible because the nations cannot afford it." As one commentator put it, "Though he found meager evidence to support his preconceptions, he still confidently asserted that 'always and everywhere, war means the reversal of natural selection.'"(p79)
Jordan was president of the World Peace Foundation from 1910 to 1914 and president of the World Peace Conference in 1915 and initially opposed American entry into World War I although he changed his position in 1917 after he became convinced that a German victory would threaten democracy.
Multiple publications of essayEdit
Soon after it was first delivered, the essay was published by the American Unitarian Association (copyright 1902) under the main title of "The Blood of the Nation" and a subtitle of "A Study of the Decay of Races Through the Survival of the Unfit." Multiple editions of that version followed over the next few years.
An expanded version of the essay was delivered in Philadelphia at the 200th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth in 1906 and printed by the American Philosophical Society. The following year, an expanded version of the original essay with an embossed cover was published by Beacon Press in Boston under the new main title "The Human Harvest" and the same subtitle. Thile new version was dedicated to Jordan's older brother Rufus, who had volunteered to fight in the American Civil War and, according to Jordan, was part of the "'Human Harvest' of 1862." However, Rufus was killed not as "cannon fodder" in fighting but by what would seem to be the "natural selection" of a disease (typhus) he was "unfit" to survive.
In 1910, the original and slimmer version of the essay was again published by the American Unitarian Association in a "present less expensive form to insure the widest possible distribution."
In 1915, Jordan published an "extended treatise on the same subject" titled War and Breed and again through the Beacon Press in Boston. Here Jordan defines and begins to employ the relatively recent term "eugenics" and its opposite "dysgenics."
In 1928 Jordan served on the initial board of trustees of the Human Betterment Foundation, a eugenics organization that advocated compulsory sterilization legislation in the United States. He then chaired the first Committee on Eugenics of the American Breeder's Association from which the California program of forced deportation and sterilization emerged. Jordan then went on to help found the Human Betterment Foundation as a trustee. The foundation published "Sterilization for Human Betterment."
Role in apparent coverup of murder of Jane StanfordEdit
In 1905, Jordan launched an apparent coverup of the murder by poisoning of Jane Stanford. While vacationing in Oahu, Stanford had suddenly died of strychnine poisoning according to the local coroner’s jury. Jordan then sailed to Hawaii, hired a physician to investigate the case, and declared she had in fact died of heart failure, a condition whose symptoms bear no relationship to those that were actually observed. His motive for doing this has been a subject of speculation. One possibility is that he was simply acting to protect the reputation of the university since its finances were precarious, and a scandal might have damaged fundraising. He had written the president of Stanford's board of trustees, offered several alternate explanations for Mrs. Stanford's death, and suggested to select whichever would be most suitable. Since Mrs. Stanford had a difficult relationship with him and reportedly planned to remove him from his position at the university, he might have also had a personal motive to eliminate suspicions that might have swirled around an unsolved crime. Jordan's version of Mrs. Stanford's demise was largely accepted until the appearance of several publications in 2003 that emphasized the evidence that she was murdered.
Final years and legacyEdit
In retirement, Jordan remained active, writing on ichthyology, world relations, peace, and his autobiography.
Lifetime honors and awardsEdit
- 1877 Honorary Ph.D. awarded by Butler University
- 1886 Honorary LL.D. awarded by Cornell University
- 1902 Honorary LL.D. awarded by Johns Hopkins University
- 1909 Honorary LL.D. awarded by Indiana University
Although a proponent of eugenics, Jordan was skeptical of certain other pseudoscientific claims. He coined the term "sciosophy" to describe the "systematized ignorance" of the pseudoscientist. His later work, The Higher Foolishness, inspired the philosopher Martin Gardner to write his treatise on scientific skepticism, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science. However, Gardner noted that "the book is infuriating because although Jordan mentions the titles of dozens of crank works, from which he quotes extensively, he seldom tells you the names of the authors."
His daughter Barbara (1891–1900) died in childhood.
His son, Eric Knight Jordan (1903–1926), died at 22 in a traffic accident near Gilroy, California. Eric had participated in a paleontological expedition to the Revillagigedo Islands and was considering an academic career.
On September 19, 1931, Jordan died at his home on the Stanford campus after he had suffered a series of strokes over two years.
Monuments and memorialsEdit
- Jordan Lake in Utah's Uinta Mountains at 
- Mount Jordan, a 4,067 m (13,343 ft) mountain peak in Tulare County, California, located on the crest of the Kings-Kern divide of the west slope of the Sierra Nevadas at was named in 1926 in honor of Jordan by the United States Geographic Board at the behest of the Sierra Club. Jordan commented that it was not the first mountain named in his honor since the first such mountain did not retain his name since it already had a name.
In July 2020, the president of the Sierra Club denounced Jordan and its other early leaders for being "vocal advocates for white supremacy and its pseudo-scientific arm, eugenics." The president also announced, "We will also spend the next year studying our history and determining which of our monuments need to be renamed or pulled down entirely." It is not yet clear on how their reassessment would affect the status of Mount Jordan, which the club had helped to name in 1926, or that of other geographic features that bear Jordan's name.
The David Starr Jordan "Namesake Tree" at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus Arboretum, an Indian rubber tree (Ficus elastica) was given to Jordan at the outset of a trip to Japan, and planted by him on December 11, 1922, now listed as an Exceptional Tree of Hawai‘i.
Fishery research vessel (1966–2010)Edit
In 1966, the fisheries research ship David Starr Jordan was commissioned for service with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. The ship later served in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet as NOAAS David Starr Jordan (R 444) before it was sold for scrap in 2010.
Schools named or formerly named for David Starr JordanEdit
During the 20th century several schools were named after him or in his honor. However, most of them were renamed in the 21st century, as his eugenics activities became well known.
- Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California, established in 1937, was renamed in 2018 for African-American memory chip inventor Frank S. Greene.
- David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank, California, established in the 1940s, was renamed in 2021 for labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.
- Jordan High School in Long Beach, California, established in 1934, was still named for him as of March 2021 while the school district explores possible renaming.
- David Starr Jordan High School in Los Angeles, California, was established in 1923; in 2020 the name was shortened to Jordan High School to remove the reference to him while keeping "Jordan" as a generic legacy name for alumni.
University campus buildingsEdit
Jordan was closely associated with Indiana University and Stanford University, and both schools named buildings and other campus features after him. However, as his reputation became more controversial in the 2000s, they acted to remove Jordan's name from their respective campuses.
Stanford honored its former president in 1917 by renaming its zoology building, built in 1899, to Jordan Hall. Other campus features were named Jordan Quad, Jordan Modulars, and Jordan Way. In October 2020 the Stanford Board of Trustees voted unanimously, on the recommendation of an advisory committee, to remove Jordan's name from all four facilities. The former Jordan Hall was to be referred to as Building 420 until a permanent name could be selected sometime the following year. Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne was charged to rename Jordan Quad and Jordan Modulars. The advisory committee recommended that the renaming of Jordan Way, a street on the medical campus, "may take place during the course of ongoing construction and planning."
When Indiana University built a new building for its biology department in 1956, the building was named in honor of Jordan, its former president and biology faculty member. In October 2020 the Indiana University Board of Trustees voted overwhelmingly to remove Jordan's name from the biology building as well as a parking garage and a "river" (actually a small creek) that runs through the center of the campus. Jordan's name was stripped from these places immediately after the trustee meeting had concluded, and they were given temporary, generic names to be used until permanent names could be selected the following year. Jordan Hall, the Jordan River and the Jordan Avenue Parking Garage became respectively the Biology Building, the Campus River, and the East Parking Garage.
IU President Michael McRobbie requested the University Naming Committee to work with the city of Bloomington to find a name as a replacement for Jordan Avenue, a thoroughfare that is owned in part by IU and in part by the city. As of October 2020[update], there have been calls in the Bloomington City Council for Jordan Avenue to be renamed, but no such action has been taken so far. In April 2021, the Mayor of Bloomington created a seven-member task force to investigate possible replacement names for Jordan Avenue.
Cornell's David Starr Jordan Prize (1986–2020)Edit
Starting in 1986, the David Starr Jordan Prize was funded as a joint endowment by Cornell University, Indiana University, and Stanford. Every three years it was awarded to a young scientist (under 40 years) who made contributions in one of Jordan’s interests of evolution, ecology, population or organismal biology. The prize was last awarded in 2015 to a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
As Jordan's reputation became more controversial due to his support of eugenics, and particularly after the removal of Jordan's name from buildings on the campuses of Stanford and Indiana universities in 2020, there were calls to rename the prize. The prize was officially discontinued in 2020 and the endowment funds were returned to their respective universities.
- Jordan, David Starr (1876). Manual of the Vertebrates of the Northern United States. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, & Company. OCLC 1159743845 – via Google Books.
- Jordan, David Starr; Brayton, Alembert Winthrop (1877). Contributions to North American Ichthyology. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office. OCLC 1111892026 – via Google Books.
- (1882). Synopsis of the Fishes of North America.
- (1885). A Catalogue of the Fishes Known to Inhabit the Waters of North America.
- (1887). Science Sketches.
- (1888). The Value of Higher Education.
- (1895). The Factors in Organic Evolution.
- (1895). The Fishes of Puget Sound.
- (1895). The Fishes of Sinaloa.
- Jordan, David Starr (1895). The Story of the Innumerable Company. San Francisco: Whitaker & Ray Company. OCLC 1038493650 – via Project Gutenberg.
- Jordan, David Starr (1896). The Care and Culture of Men: A Series of Addresses on the Higher Education. San Francisco: Whitaker & Ray-Wiggin Company. OCLC 1041603588 – via Google Books.
- (1896–1900). The Fishes of North and Middle America [four vols.]
- (1897). Matka and Kotik.
- (1898). The Fur Seals and Fur-Seal Islands of the North Pacific Ocean.
- Jordan, David Starr (1898). Footnotes to Evolution. D. Appleton. OCLC 7391851152 – via Google Books.
- (1899). The Book of Knight and Barbara.
- Jordan, David Starr (1907) . California and the Californians. San Francisco: A. M. Robertson. OCLC 213790638 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1898). Imperial democracy. Boston: Women's Education & Industrial Union. OCLC 1189741706 – via Google Books.
- Jordan, David Starr (1899). The Question of the Philippines. Palo Alto: Graduate Club of Leland Stanford Junior University. OCLC 1190063035 – via Google Books.
- (1899). The True Basis of Economics [with J.H. Stallard].
- (1900). Animal Life: A First Book of Zoology [with Vernon L. Kellog].
- Jordan, David Starr (1900). The Strength of Being Morally Clean. Boston: H.M. Caldwell Company. OCLC 697581156 – via Archive.org.
- (1902). American Food and Game Fishes [with B. W. Evermann]
- (1902). Animal Forms: A Text-Book of Zoology.
- Jordan, David Starr (1902). The Blood of the Nation (1910, expanded ed.). Boston: American Unitarian Association. OCLC 867059830 – via Google Books.
- Jordan, David Starr (1902). The Philosophy of Despair. OCLC 1126018479 – via Project Gutenberg.
- (1903). Animal Studies [with Vernon L. Kellog and Harold Heath].
- (1903). The Training of a Physician.
- (1903). The Voice of the Scholar.
- (1904). The Wandering Host.
- (1905). The Aquatic Resources of the Hawaiian Islands.
- (1905). A Guide to the Study of Fishes.
- (1905). The Fish Fauna of the Tortugas Archipelago [with Dr. Joseph Cheesman Thompson, published for the US Bureau of Fisheries].
- (1906). The Fishes of Samoa.
- (1906). Life's Enthusiasms.
- (1907). The Alps of King-Kern Divide.
- (1907). The California Earthquake of 1906.
- (1907). College and the Man.
- (1907). Evolution and Animal Life [with Vernon L. Kellog].
- (1907). Fishes.
- (1907). Fishes of the Islands of Luzon and Panay.
- Jordan, David Starr (1907). The Human Harvest: A Study of the Decay of Races Through the Survival of the Unfit. Boston: The Beacon Press. OCLC 15615394 – via Google Books. (An expansion of "The Blood of a Nation.")
- (1908). Description of Three New Species of Carangoid Fishes from Formosa.
- (1908). The Fate of Iciodorum.
- (1908). Fish Stories: Alleged and Experienced.
- (1908). The Higher Sacrifice.
- (1908). The Scientific Aspects of Luther Burbank's Work [with Vernon L. Kellog].
- (1909). A Catalog of the Fishes of Formosa.
- (1909). The Religion of a Sensible American.
- (1909). Fish stories alleged and experienced, with a little history natural and unnatural [with Charles Frederick Holder]
- Jordan, David Starr (1910). The Call of the Nation: A Plea for Taking Politics Out of Politics. Boston: American Unitarian Association. OCLC 645108940 – via Archive.org.
- (1910). Check-List of Species of Fishes Known from the Philippine Archipelago [with Robert Earl Richardson].
- (1910). Leading American Men of Science.
- (1910). The Woman and the University.
- (1910). Work of the International Fisheries Commission of Great Britain and the United States.
- Jordan, David Starr (1911). The Heredity of Richard Roe: A Discussion of the Principles of Eugenics. Boston: American Unitarian Association. OCLC 808257564 – via Google Books.
- (1911). The Stability of Truth.
- (1912). The Practical Education.
- (1912). The Story of a Good Woman: Jane Lathrop Stanford.
- (1912). Syllabus of Lectures on International Conciliation.
- (1912). Unseen Empire.
- (1913). America's Conquest of Europe.
- (1913). A Catalog of the Fishes Known from the Waters of Korea.
- (1913). Naval Waste.
- (1913). War and Waste.
- (1913). What Shall We Say?
- (1914). Record of Fishes Obtained in Japan in 1911.
- (1914). War's Aftermath [with Harvey Ernest Jordan].
- Jordan, David Starr (1915). The Foundation Ideals of Stanford University. Stanford University. OCLC 21500886 – via Google Books.
- Jordan, David Starr (1922) . War and the Breed: The Relation of War to the Downfall of Nations. Younkers-on-Hudson: World Book Company. OCLC 1019453204 – via Google Books. A further extended and updated version of earlier works The Blood of a Nation and The Human Harvest.
- Jordan, David Starr (1916). Ways to Lasting Peace. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company. OCLC 826648796 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1916). What of Mexico?. New York City: The Mexican-American League. OCLC 16433936 – via Archive.org.
- (1916). World Peace and the College Man.
- (1917). The Genera of Fishes.
- (1918). Democracy and World Relations.
- (1919). Fossil Fishes of Southern California.
- (1919). Studies in Ichthyology [with Carl Leavitt Hubbs].
- (1920). Fossil Fishes of Diatom Beds of Lompoc, California.
- (1922). Days of a Man [autobiography in two volumes]
- Jordan, David Starr (1922). The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy. Vol. 1 (1851–1899). World Book Company. OCLC 1181355797 – via Google Books.
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- Jordan, David Starr (1922). The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy. Vol. 2 (1900–1921). World Book Company. OCLC 1181408196 – via Google Books.
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- Jordan, David Starr (1922). The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor Prophet of Democracy. Vol. 1 (1851–1899). World Book Company. OCLC 1181355797 – via Google Books.
- Jordan, David Starr; Jordan, Eric Knight (1922). A List of the Fishes of Hawaii: With notes and descriptions of new species. Pittsburgh: Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum. OCLC 964874266 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1927). The Higher Foolishness, with Hints as to the Care & Culture of Aristocracy. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company. OCLC 2572248.
- (1929). Your Family Tree.
- Jordan, David Starr (1893). "The Educational Ideas of Leland Stanford". Educational Review. 6: 136–143 – via HathiTrust.
- Jordan, David Starr (1902). "Certain Problems of Democracy in Hawaii". Out West. 16: 25, 239.
- Jordan, David Starr (1906). "The Trout and Salmon of the Pacific Coast". The Pacific Monthly. 15: 379–389 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr; Clark, George A. (1906). "Pelagic Sealing and the Fur Seal Herd". The Pacific Monthly. 15 (6): 517–522 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1906). "Stanford University and the Earthquake of April 18, 1906". The Pacific Monthly. 15 (6): 635–646.
- Jordan, David Starr (1907). "The Present Status of Darwinism". The Dial. 43 (July/December): 161–163 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1913). "The Interlocking Directorates of War". The World's Work. 26: 277–279 – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1893). "Temperature and Vertebræ: A Study in Evolution". The Wilder Quarter-Century Book. Ithaca, N.Y.: Comstock Publishing, Co. – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1912). "Foreword". In Baron d'Estournelles de Constant (ed.). Woman in the United States. San Francisco, Cal.: A.M. Robertson – via Archive.org.
- Jordan, David Starr (1912). "Relations of Japan and the United States". Japan and Japanese-American Relations. New York: G.E. Stechert and Company – via Archive.org.
Numerous genera and species bear the name Jordan.
- Agonomalus jordani Jordan & Starks, 1904.
- Agonomalus jordani Schmidt, 1904.
- Allocareproctus jordani (Burke, 1930).
- Astyanax jordani (Hubbs & Innes, 1936).
- Caelorinchus jordani Smith & Pope, 1906.
- Caulophryne jordani Goode & Bean, 1896.
- Chimaera jordani Tanaka, 1905.
- Charal, Chirostoma jordani Woolman, 1894.
- Jordan's tuskfish, Choerodon jordani (Snyder, 1908).
- Flame wrasse, Cirrhilabrus jordani Snyder, 1904.
- Smooth lumpfish, Cyclopteropsis jordani Soldatov, 1929.
- Diplacanthopoma jordani Garman, 1899.
- Dusisiren jordani (Kellogg, 1925).
- Mimic triplefin, Enneanectes jordani (Evermann & Marsh, 1899).
- Petrale sole, Eopsetta jordani (Lockington, 1879).
- Greenbreast darter, Etheostoma jordani Gilbert, 1891.
- Gadella jordani (Böhlke & Mead, 1951).
- Yellow Irish lord, Hemilepidotus jordani Bean, 1881.
- Brokenline lanternfish, Lampanyctus jordani Gilbert, 1913.
- Legionella jordanis
- Jordan's snapper, Lutjanus jordani (Gilbert, 1898).
- Shortjaw eelpout, Lycenchelys jordani (Evermann & Goldsborough, 1907).
- Malthopsis jordani Gilbert, 1905.
- Gulf grouper, Mycteroperca jordani (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889).
- Neosalanx jordani Wakiya & Takahashi, 1937.
- Patagonotothen jordani (Thompson, 1916).
- Ptychidio jordani Myers, 1930.
- Northern ronquil, Ronquilus jordani (Gilbert, 1889).
- Shortbelly rockfish, Sebastes jordani (Gilbert, 1896).
- Jordan's damsel, Teixeirichthys jordani (Rutter, 1897).
- Jordan's sculpin, Triglops jordani (Schmidt, 1903).
- "David Starr Jordan '72" (PDF). Cornell Alumni News. I (6): 39, 43. May 10, 1899.
- David Starr Jordan The Blood of the Nation: A Study of the Decay of Races through the Survival of the Unfit. (copyright 1902, reprinted 1910) p 12. The term "race" occurs more than 30 times in the short book. The term "eugenics" is not in there, but the basic concept is described.
- Abrahamson, James L (1976). "David Starr Jordan and American Antimilitarism". The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 67 (2): 76–87. JSTOR 40489774.
- Johnston, Theresa (January–February 2010). "Meet President Jordan". Stanford Magazine. Archived from the original on June 17, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
- "Jordan, David Starr". The National cyclopaedia of American biography. 22. New York: James T. White & Company. 1932. pp. 68–70.
- "Medical Schools of the United States". Journal of the American Medical Association. 51 (7): 103–104. 1908. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540070033004. PMC 5213511. PMID 29820858.
- Johnsson, L. (February 19, 2016). "Guest Opinion: The inconvenient truth about David Starr Jordan". Palo Alto Online. Embarcadero Media. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- Jordan, David Starr (1922). The Days of a Man. One. World Book Company. p. 132 – via Internet Archive.
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- "David Starr Jordan Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection". Swarthmore College.
- "David Starr Jordan". The Independent. July 13, 1914. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Dulfer & Hoag (1925). Our Society Blue Book Archived 2009-05-25 at the Wayback Machine. San Francisco: Dulfer & Hoag, pp. 177–178.
- "Roster of Sierra Club Directors" (PDF). Sierra Club. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
- David Starr Jordan, The Human Harvest (Boston, 1907) p. 5
- Jordan, D.S. (January 1906). "The Human Harvest". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 45 (182): 54–69. JSTOR 983679.
- Jordan, D.S. (October 1915). "War Selection in the Ancient World". The Scientific Monthly. 1 (1): 36–43. Bibcode:1915SciMo...1...36S. JSTOR 6241.
- Jordan, D.S. (February 1924). "The Last Cost of War". Advocate of Peace Through Justice. 86 (2): 110–114. JSTOR 20660507.
- Nye, Joseph (2005). Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History. Longman. p. 6.
- Jordan, David Starr (1910). The Blood of the Nation. Boston: American Unitarian Association. p. 2 – via Google Books.
- Jordan (Boston, 1907)
- David Starr Jorden, "The Days of Man" (Vol. 1) p. 11.
- Jordan, Blood of the Nation (Boston, 1910) p. 2.
- Days of Man p 619
- War and Breed p 12
- "Human Sterilization Today," Human Betterment Foundation, 1938.
- Black, E. (November 9, 2003). "Eugenics and the Nazis -- the California connection". San Francisco Chronicle.
- McPhate, M. (December 20, 2016). "California Today: Wrestling With a Legacy of Eugenics". The New York Times.
- Romney, Lee (October 10, 2003). "The Alma Mater Mystery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- Morris, A. D. (2004). "Review of The Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford" (PDF). Hawaiian Journal of History. Hawaiian Historical Society. 38: 195–197. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Cutler, Robert W. P. (August 1, 2003). The Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-4793-6. OCLC 52159960. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
- Carnochan, W. B. (Summer 2003). "The Case of Julius Goebel: Stanford, 1905". American Scholar. Phi Beta Kappa. 72 (3): 95–108. JSTOR 41221161.
- Jordan (1922). The Days of a Man. Yonkers-on-Hudson, N.Y.: World Book Co., pp. 156-157.
- Wolfe, Susan (September–October 2003). "Who Killed Jane Stanford?". Stanford Magazine. Stanford University. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
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David Starr Jordan, chancellor emeritus of Stanford university, died at 9:45 a.m. today. A stroke suffered yesterday, his fifth in two years, hastened the noted educator’s death. Mrs. Jordan, a son and a daughter, were at the bedside when death came.
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