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John Knox Bettersworth

John Knox Bettersworth, American educator, writer.


  • Bettersworth, John Knox was born on October 4, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi, United States. Son of Horace Greely and Annie McConnell (Murphey) Bettersworth.

  • Education

    • Bachelor magna cum laude, Millsaps College, 1929. Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, 1937.


    • Instructor Jackson (Mississippi) Central High School, 1930-1935. Graduate fellow Duke University, 1935-1937, visiting professor, summer 1940. Visiting instructor Asheville (North Carolina) Normal, summer 1937.

      Instructor history Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 1937. Assistant professor 1938-1942, associate professor, 1945-1948, professor, since 1948, head department history and government, 1948-1961. Director Social Science Research Center, 1950-1960.

      Associate dean for liberal arts School Arts and Science, 1956-1961, academy vice president, 1961-1977, dean faculty, 1966-1977, special consultant to president, 1977-1979, professor and vice president emeritus, since 1978. Text editor Mississippi History Commission, 1948-1968. Chairman Mississippi Research Clearing House, 1953-1955.

      President Southern Conference Deans Faculty and Academy Vice President's, 1967-1968.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    President Mississippians for ETV, 1972-1973. Founding president Friends of the Arts in Mississippi, 1977-1980. Trustee Mississippi Department Archives and History, since 1955.

    Chairman Mississippi History Preservation Review Board, since 1979. Member Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance, since 1979. Served as lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945.

    Instructor Naval Indoctrination School Tucson. Fellow International Institute Arts and Letters. Member Mississippi History Society (director since 1953, vice president 1955-1956, president 1961-1962), American, Mississippi, Southern history associations, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Tau Omega.

    Clubs: Starkville Rotary (president 1951-1952).


    • Married Ann L. Stephens, October 28, 1943. 1 child, Nancy Elizabeth.
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    • 1929
      Millsaps College
    • 1937
      Duke University
    • 1930 - 1935
      Instructor, Jackson (Mississippi) Central High School
    • 1937
      instructor, history Mississippi State University
      Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States
    • 1950 - 1960
      director, Social Science Research Center
    • 1966 - 1977
      associate dean for liberal arts School Arts and Science
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