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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Bessie Louise Pierce  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: Michigan


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Professor of History, University of Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

Bessie Pierce devoted 44 of her 86 years to writing a history of Chicago. A native of rural Michigan, she earned degrees at the University of Iowa, and then taught there. In 1929 pierce was recruited by the University of Chicago to examine the city from the standpoints of all the major social-science disciplines, including historyand to write the volumes.

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-- Distinguished Service Award in 1959 for the three volume ''History of Chicago'' series.