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Maryland Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Election to the American Academy is one of the highest honors in our country, and the Academy's membership constitutes an honor roll of our most distinguished leaders in academics, the arts, business, and public affairs.
The Academy was founded in 1780 in Boston during the American Revolution, and its members have included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alexander Graham Bell, Marion Anderson, Aaron Copland, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among many others.
The purpose of the Academy is "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The Academy is active in research and policy studies, publications, and meetings.
Stanley will be induced at a ceremony in Boston in October.