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Name:  John Francis McDermott  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1902, St. Louis County, Missouri


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The author taught at SIU Edwardsville

Biographical and Professional Information

John Francis McDermott was a noted author and professor of American History at Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville (SIU-E). During his tenure there, he taught thousands of students at the new university campus during its "start-up" phase in the late 1950's and 1960's. He was instrumental in documenting many regional historical studies, among them the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the Founding of St. Louis in 1764 (he himself was a descendant of Auguste Chouteau, founder of the City of St. Louis).

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