Ely Culbertson

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Noun1.Ely Culbertson - United States authority on contract bridge whose books helped to popularize the game (1891-1955)
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Reading had been the means of his self-education and his self-taught mastery of civil engineering, so I suspect he learned the rules of contract bridge from the syndicated columns written by Eli Culbertson that were published in one of the newspapers.