An English antiquary and book collector, Phillipps amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century. He suffered from severe bibliomaniaâ€”an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving the collecting or hoarding of booksâ€”and spent much of his inherited fortune expanding his holdings, which ultimately contained some 100,000 books and manuscripts and was arguably the largest collection amassed by a single individual. How long did it take to disperse the works after his death?
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Brandeis was an American lawyer and the author of the Brandeis Brief, a report that detailed the impact of long working hours on women and revolutionized the practice of law. He was also a leader of the American Zionist movement. Appointed to the Supreme Court by Woodrow Wilson in 1916, he served until 1939 and was the first Jew to hold that office. Brandeis University, a liberal arts university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is named after him. What other institutions bear his name?
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Garrett was a lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was appointed sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, in 1880. As sheriff, he was charged with tracking down and arresting Henry McCarty, a jail escapee and participant in the Lincoln County War who was better known as Billy the Kid. How did Garrett ultimately succeed in killing "the Kid," and why did this act eventually sully his reputation?