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General Information

Name:  George Wallace Chessman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1919 in Ottawa, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dr. Chessman graduated in 1936 from high school in Peoria, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1937 he graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover. He received his A.B. (Cum Laude) from Harvard University in 1941 and his Ph.D. in History of American Civilization from Harvard in 1951. He taught at Denison University in 1950-51 and from 1953 until retiring in 1983. Dr. Chessman held Fulbright Lectureships at the University of Southampton, England (1958-59) and at the University of Rome, Italy (1978-79). He also taught at Ohio State University and the University of South Carolina. During Word War II he served in the United States Coast Guard.As a scholar of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era, Dr. Chessman contributed many works of scholarship on that subject.

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