Harrison, Lowell H(ayes) 1922-

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HARRISON, Lowell H(ayes) 1922-

PERSONAL: Born October 23, 1922, in Russell Springs, KY; son of Chester A. (in the dairy business) and Cecil Mae (Hayes) Harrison; married Elaine M. Maher, December 23, 1948. Education: Western Kentucky State Teachers College (now Western Kentucky University), A.B., 1946; New York University, M.A., 1947, Ph.D., 1951; attended London School of Economics and Political Science, 1951-52. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Methodist. Hobbies and other interests: Tennis, gardening.

ADDRESSES: Home—704 Logan Way, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Office—c/o Department of History, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

CAREER: New York University, New York, NY, instructor in history, 1947-50, assistant director of Foreign Students Center, 1950-51; West Texas State University, Canyon, associate professor, 1952-57, professor of history and department head, 1957-67, chair, division of social sciences, 1962-67; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, professor of history and graduate adviser, 1967-88, faculty regent, 1971-74. City of Canyon, member of city commission, 1959-61; bank director in Canyon, c. 1963-67. Military service: U.S. Army, combat engineer, 1943-45; served in European theater.

MEMBER: Organization of American Historians, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, American Association of University Professors, Southern Historical Association, Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, Kentucky Historical Society, Filson Club Historical Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta.

AWARDS, HONORS: Faculty Award, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, 1966; commendation, Association for State and Local History, 1970, for John Breckinridge, Jeffersonian Republican; best article awards, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 1971 and 1979, and American History Illustrated, 1979; Kelly Thompson Chapter Public Service Award, Public Relations Student Society, 1986.


John Breckinridge, Jeffersonian Republican, Filson Club (Louisville, KY), 1969.

The Civil War in Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1975.

George Rogers Clark and the War in the West, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1976, reprinted, 2000.

(Editor, with Nelson Dawson) A Kentucky Sampler: Essays from the Filson Club Quarterly, 1926-1976, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1977.

The Antislavery Movement in Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1978, new edition, 2003.

(Editor) Kentucky's Governors, 1792-1985 University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1985.

Western Kentucky University, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1987.

(Associate editor and contributor) The Kentucky Encyclopedia, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1992.

Kentucky's Road to Statehood, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1992.

(With James C. Klotter) A New History of Kentucky, King Library Press (Lexington, KY), 1997.

Lincoln of Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 2000.

Coauthor, with James D. Bennett, of Writing History Papers, Forum Press (Arlington Heights, IL). Contributor of numerous articles to history journals.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A new edition of Kentucky's Governors, for University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), completion expected in 2004.

SIDELIGHTS: Lowell H. Harrison once told CA: "Kentucky has a rich and fascinating past, and the Commonwealth has played an important role in our national history. In my writing I have tried to fill in some of the gaps in our state history. Kentucky was relatively a much larger and more important state before the U.S. Civil War than has been true in the twentieth century. It has been interesting to try to understand the reasons for the relative decline of the state's position in the Union.

"While I have abandoned the quill pen, I am one of the historians who still does the first draft in longhand. Later I do a typed copy, and still later the manuscript is committed to a computer for final editing and rewriting."

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