McBain, Howard Lee, 1880–1936, American political scientist, b. Toronto, Ont., grad. Richmond (Va.) College, 1900, Ph.D. Columbia, 1907. After teaching at George Washington and Wisconsin universities, he became, in 1913, associate professor of municipal science and administration and, in 1917, professor of constitutional law at Columbia. In 1929 he was made dean of the graduate faculties at Columbia. An authority on constitutional law, he revised (1933) the Cuban electoral code. His books include The Law and the Practice of Municipal Home Rule (1916), American City Progress and the Law (1917), The New Constitutions of Europe (with Lindsay Rogers, 1922), and The Living Constitution (1927).
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