Conceived by Armenian parents who just managed to escape the genocide by the Young Turks, Rousas John Rushdoony was born in New York, raised in Detroit, and grew up in California. Inheritor of centuries of scholarly ancestors, he had a photographic memory, he learned to read a book a day while browsing in another 4-6 books, writing margin notes, and thus building his personal library to over 40,000 volumes. The library exists today in Vallecito California, the home of the Chalcedon Foundation.
Rushdoony graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a PhD in Philosophy, became a missionary to the Paiute and Shoshone Indians and pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Earlier he also worked at McClaren House mission in San Francisco, known for rescuing Chinese girls from sex slavery. Rushdoony dedicated himself to the reform of Christianity, calling for a return to Biblical Law, and to the re-Christianization of America and the world. To this end he authored over 50 books, innumerable articles, and recorded over 1900 lectures and lessons.
These are available at www.pocketcollege.com and at www.chalcedon.edu.