Bebout, John E. 1904-2002

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BEBOUT, John E. 1904-2002

(John Elber Bebout)

PERSONAL: Surname is pronounced "Bee-bowt"; born February 28, 1904, in Westwood, NJ; died February 1, 2002, in Hyannis, MA; married Ann Reed (deceased); children: Hugh, John, Judith, Alice. Education: Rutgers University, bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), 1923, and M.A.; doctoral study at Princeton University and Columbia University. Hobbies and other interests: Gardening.

CAREER: Assistant to New Jersey Governor Charles A. Edison, Jr., 1941–43; Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University), Cleveland, OH, lecturer in political science, 1943–44; New Jersey Constitution Foundation, executive vice president, c. 1940s; New York University, New York, NY, lecturer in public administration, 1948–56; State of New York, staff director of Temporary State Commission on the Revision and Simplification of the Constitution, 1955–60; University of Newark (now part of Rutgers University), Newark, NJ, professor of political science and director of Urban Studies Center, 1960–66; University of Texas System, Austin, adjunct professor of political science and consultant to Urban Institute of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, 1966–72. Citizens League of Cleveland, director, 1943–44; National Municipal League (now National Civic League), assistant director, 1948–56; affiliated with creation or revision of state constitutions of Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island; consultant to U.S. Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Newark Charter Commission, and towns of Wellfleet and Eastham, MA.

MEMBER: Friday Evening Club (Wellfleet, MA), Phi Beta Kappa.


(With Ronald J. Grele) Where Cities Meet: The Urbanization of New Jersey, Van Nostrand (New York, NY), 1964.

Editor and author of foreword of essay collection Magna Carta: An Ancient Partnership.



Cape Cod Times, February 2, 2002.

New York Times, February 18, 2002, p. A17.

Provincetown Banner, February 7, 2002.