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SABSOVICH, HIRSCH LEIB:

Mayor of Woodbine, N. J.; born at Berdyansk, Russia, Feb. 25, 1860. After his graduation from the classical gymnasium of his native town he spent two years at the University of Odessa. In 1882 he went to Zurich, Switzerland, and studied agriculture and agricultural chemistry. On his return to Russia in 1885 he continued his studies at the University of Odessa, and helped to organize there the laboratory for agricultural chemistry. From 1886 to 1888 he was manager of an estate in the district of Kuban, northern Caucasus; and in the summer of the latter year he emigrated to the United States. In 1889 he was appointed chemist of the Colorado Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colo.; and two years later he became agricultural adviser to the newly established agricultural colony at Woodbine (see Jewish Encyclopedia, i. 262).

In the capacities of superintendent of the Wood-bine Land and Improvement Company, agricultural adviser to the Woodbine farmers, superintendent of the Baron de Hirsch Agricultural and Industrial School, and mayor of the borough Sabsovich has been intimately connected with Woodbine since its inception. His work has been of great importance in connection with the Agricultural School and with the social, economic, and political progress of Wood-bine itself. He has been closely identified also with the Cape May county board of agriculture, having served as its secretary from 1893 until 1898. Sabsovich was elected mayor of Woodbine in 1903; and in the same year he was appointed by the governor of New Jersey a member of the board of visitors to the state college.

A. J. G. L.
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