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James Shelby Thomas

James Shelby Thomas, American economist. Member advisory council Vocational Education for New York Civilian aide to secretary of war for Alabama Past district governor Rotary International; Member National Education Association, American Academy Political and Social Science, Newcomen Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi.; Member Christian (Disciples) Church.

Background

  • Thomas, James Shelby was born on March 27, 1879 in Saltville, Virginia, United States. Son of Samuel Morgan and Sarah (Vail) Thomas.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Milligan College, 1900. Master of Arts, Lynchburg College, 1904, Doctor of Laws, 1940. Graduate work, University of Chicago, 1919.

      Doctor of Laws, University of Alabama.

    Career

    • Professor history and Latin, Milligan College, 1900-1903. Professor of history, Lynchburg College, 1903-1905. Virginia state school examiner, 1905-1908.

      State rural school supervisor of Virginia, 1908-1910. Dean of faculty, Lynchburg College, 1910-1911. Professor secondary education, University of Alabama, 1912-1919.

      Organized, and was director of extension div., University of Alabama, 1919-1930. Associate director Alabama State Industrial Board, 1928-1929. Chief economist Commonwealth & Southern Corporation, 1931-1933.

      President Clarkson College of Technology, 1935-1940. President Chrysler Institute of Engineering, Detroit.

    Works

    • Author: What Machine Has Done to Mankind. New Frontiers for Smart People. This Thing Called Democracy.

      Contributor to Engineering Opportunities, mags. and trade journals Lecturer and traveler.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Membership

    Member advisory council Vocational Education for New York Civilian aide to secretary of war for Alabama Past district governor Rotary International. Member National Education Association, American Academy Political and Social Science, Newcomen Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Chi. Member Christian (Disciples) Church.

    Clubs: Potsdam, Potsdam Country, La Gorce Country.

    Connections

    • Married Ethel McCartney, June 18, 1902.
    • father: Samuel Morgan Thomas
    • mother: Sarah (Vail) Thomas
    • spouse: Ethel McCartney
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    Died July 10, 1976
    (aged 97)
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