No-one would ever call Sewell Avery a softie. Few other men would have the spine to defy the President of the United States.
Born in 1873 to a wealthy family of lumber barons, Avery attended public schools in Michigan and graduated from the Michigan Military Academy and then law school. In 1894, he went to work for what would become known as the United States Gypsum Company . From boyhood, he had been taught that…