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Name:  George W. May  

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Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1909 in Metropolis, Illinois


Illinois Connection

George May, southern Illinois teacher, author, and historian, passed away on April 29, 2003, in Metropolis. He was 93. At the time of his death he was living in the same room where he was born on November 1, 1909.

Biographical and Professional Information

George May started his career as an educator in 1930, working in rural one-room schoolhouses in Massac and Johnson counties. From 1949 to 1950 he served as a teacher in Huffman, Texas. During World War II he spent three years working in war industries in Indiana and New York. In 1950 he became a social studies teacher at Pleasant Hill School in Peoria, where he retired in 1973, after spending 40 years in the classroom.He was the author of nine books, including Massac Pilgrimage, History of Massac County, Students History of Peoria County, Charles Duryea-Automaker, Doivn Illinois Rivers, History Papers on Massac County, Illinois, Massac Biographies, and Moods and Modes-Vagrant Writings. He was working on another book at the time of his death.

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