There are doers and followers. Walter Hines Page was a doer.
Growing up on acreage outside Raleigh (his father named the area after Ohio prohibitionist Samuel Cary), Walter attended outstanding late-19th-century schools and even taught at UNC Chapel Hill. He started a Raleigh newspaper that later sold and became the News & Observer.
He and some friends were interested in supporting higher education and formed the Watauga Club. Those seeds blossomed into what is now known as North Carolina State University. He then founded a publishing firm with Frank Doubleday – Doubleday and Company.
Walter Hines Page was a doer.