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Lincoln Kirstein
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Born (1907-05-04)May 4, 1907
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died January 5, 1996(1996-01-05) (aged 88)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Fidelma Cadmus
(m. 1941; died 1991)
Parents Louis E. Kirstein
Rose Stein
Education Berkshire School
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Writer, philanthropist
Known for Co-founder of the New York City Ballet
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Years of service 1943–1945
Rank Private First Class
Battles/wars World War II

Lincoln Edward Kirstein (May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996) was an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, philanthropist, and cultural figure in New York City, noted especially as co-founder of the New York City Ballet. He developed and sustained the company with his organizing ability and fundraising for more than four decades, serving as the company's general director from 1946 to 1989. According to the New York Times, he was "an expert in many fields," organizing art exhibits and lecture tours in the same years.

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