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William Gillette

William Gillette, American historian, educator. Social Science Research Council faculty fellow, 1970; recipient Landry award Louisiana State University Press, 1979, Chastain award Southern Political Science Association, 1980, award of merit American Association for State and Local History, 1996, McCormick award New Jersey History Commission, 1997; grantee American Philosophical Society, New Jersey History Commission.


  • Gillette, William was born on March 2, 1933 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. Son of Samuel William and Lillian (Abeson) Gillette.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University, 1955. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1956. Postgraduate, Columbia University, 1959.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1963.


    • Instructor Ohio State University, 1962-1964. Acting assistant professor University Connecticut, Storrs, 1965-1966. Assistant professor Brooklyn College City University of New York, 1966-1967.

      Associate professor Rutgers University, 1967-1981, professor, since 1981. Fulbright professor University Salzburg (Austria), 1982-1983, Japan Women's University and Tsuda College, 1997-1998, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2008. With Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, New Jersey.

      With Army of the United States, 1956-1958.


    • Retreat from Reconstruction, 1869--1879
    • Retreat from Reconstruction is a clarifying, comprehensive analysis of the course of Reconstruction during the 1870s, a decade that provided the true test for the political programs of the Republicans.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Unitarian Universalist


    Member American Association of University Professors, New Jersey History Society, Advisers for New Jersey History.


    • Married Elisabeth L. Janes, May 23, 1971. Children: Scott Douglas, Wendy Elisabeth.
    • father: Samuel William Gillette
    • mother: Lillian (Abeson) Gillette
    • spouse: Elisabeth L. Janes
    • children: Scott Douglas Gillette
    • Wendy Elisabeth Gillette
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    • 1955
      Georgetown University
    • 1956
      Columbia University
    • 1959
      Columbia University
    • 1963
      Princeton University
    • 1962 - 1964
      Instructor, Ohio State University
    • 1965 - 1966
      acting assistant, professor University Connecticut
    • 1966 - 1967
      assistant, professor Brooklyn College City University of New York
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