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History educator

Geoffrey Thomas Blodgett, American history educator. Research fellow Social Science Research Council, 1959-1960, American Council Learned Societies, 1973-1974, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1980-1981.


Blodgett, Geoffrey Thomas was born on October 13, 1931 in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Harold William and Dorothy Ardis (Briggs) Blodgett.


He received a PhD at Harvard University in 1961, and returned to the college a year later to join the History Department.


As a student at Oberlin from 1949-1953, he was a wide receiver on the Yeomen, the college's men's football team. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin in 1953, Blodgett served two years with the United States Navy in the Pacific Fleet. His dissertation focused on a group of political reformers of the late 19th century who left the Republican Party to join the Democratic Party, the Mugwumps.

Throughout his career as a professor he focused on the history of architecture, publishing several books and many articles. He also published many articles on the history of.



Member City Planning Commission, Oberlin, 1970-1973. Chair City Historic Preservation Commission, Oberlin, 1974-1980. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1953-1955, Korea, Japan.

Member Organization American Historians, Oberlin History Improvement Organization, Society Architectural Historians (Western Reserve chapter).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: architectural photography.


Married Jane McCall Taggart, December 22, 1954. Children: Lauren, Barbara, Sally.

Harold William Blodgett

Dorothy Ardis (Briggs) Blodgett

Jane McCall Taggart

Lauren Blodgett

Barbara Blodgett

Sally Blodgett