Roger Sherman Hoar (April 8, 1887 – October 10, 1963) was a state senator and assistant Attorney General, state of Massachusetts. He also wrote science fiction under the pseudonym of "Ralph Milne Farley". Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, Hoar received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1909 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1911. During World War I, he served in the United States Army Coast Artillery Corps. Hoar was a former Massachusetts assistant attorney general. He was a member of the Marquette University faculty in the graduate school of engineering. He also served as attorney of Bucyrus Erie Company of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hoar served in the Massachusetts State Senate in 1911 and campaigned for women suffrage. Hoar was also an organizer and major force behind the enactment of the Employee Unemployment Benefits Act, served on the Commission to Compile Information & Data, 1917, taught mathematics and engineering, patented a system for aiming large guns by the stars, and authored landmark works on constitutional and patent law.Under the pseudonym Ralph Milne Farley, Hoar wrote a considerable amount of pulp-magazine science fiction during the period between the world wars, appearing in such publications as Argosy All-Story Weekly, Weird Tales, True Gang Life, and Amazing Stories, as well as occasional essays for The American Mercury, Scientific American, and science fiction fanzines. His works include The Radio Man and its numerous sequels, chiefly interplanetary and inner-world adventure yarns in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, with whom he was friends; Hoar also wrote a number of archetypal time-travel-paradox tales, collected in book form as The Omnibus of Time, and "The House of Ecstasy," told in the second-person and frequently reprinted since its initial appearance in Weird Tales (April 1938 issue).
Upon relocating to the Midwest, where he worked as a corporate attorney for the firm of Bucyrus-Erie, Hoar joined the Milwaukee Fictioneers, whose members included Stanley G. Weinbaum, Robert Bloch, and Raymond A. Palmer. When Chicago-based Ziff-Davis Publishing Company bought the ailing Amazing Stories in 1938, Hoar was offered, but declined, the magazine's editorship and recommended Palmer, who held the position through the 1940s.
The information on Roger does not include:
(1) His selection to the Social security task group appointed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt after being author of Wisconsin's workman's compensation act of 1920's.
(2) His connection with Wilder Penfield.
(3) His work on Oak Creek Parkway.
His connection with Wilder Penfield started with Football He went to Harvard and was a list honorable mention all American. Wilder Penfield went Princeton and was captain of the football team. In 1911 Harvard lost to Princeton 8 to 6 on a punt returner being tackled for a safety. Penfield daughter Priscilla Penfield Chester settled in Milwaukee Area and was a horse back riding friend of Roger. Penfield did go into writing after retiring and had contacts with Roger.
This is where Penfield work started to get explained and the concept of the force came about.
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