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writer and university professor

John FRANKLIN, American writer and university professor. Board of directors Salzburg Seminar, Museum of Science and Industry 1968-1980; American Historical Association.


Franklin, John Hope was born on January 2, 1915 in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Buck Colbert and Mollie (Parker) Franklin.


AB, Fisk University, 1935. AM, Harvard, 1936; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard, 1941. Degree (honorary), Morgan State College.

Degree (honorary), Virginia State College. Degree (honorary), Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Degree (honorary), Cambridge University.

Degree (honorary), Drake University. Degree (honorary), Michigan State University. Degree (honorary), University Illinois.

Degree (honorary), Carnegie-Mellon University. Degree (honorary), Columbia University. Degree (honorary), Columbia College, Chicago.

Degree (honorary), Loyola University, Chicago. Degree (honorary), Brooklyn College. Degree (honorary), Bard College.

Degree (honorary), Boston College. Degree (honorary), Brown University. Degree (honorary), Tuskegee Institute.

Degree (honorary), Grand Valley College. Degree (honorary), Marquette University. Degree (honorary), Lincoln College, Illinois.

Degree (honorary), Princeton University. Degree (honorary), Hamline University. Degree (honorary), Fisk University.

Degree (honorary), Rhode Island College. Degree (honorary), Dickinson College. Degree (honorary), Howard University.

Degree (honorary), University Maryland. Degree (honorary), University Notre Dame. Degree (honorary), Tulsa University.

Degree (honorary), Morehouse College. Degree (honorary), Miami University. Degree (honorary), Johnson C. Smith University.

Degree (honorary), Lake Forest College. Degree (honorary), Tougaloo College. Degree (honorary), Union College.

Degree (honorary), Northwestern University. Degree (honorary), Whittier College. Degree (honorary), University Massachusetts.

Degree (honorary), University Michigan. Degree (honorary), Seattle University. Degree (honorary), University Toledo.

Degree (honorary), Yale University. Degree (honorary), Long Island University. Degree (honorary), Catholic University America.

Degree (honorary), Tulane University. Degree (honorary), Temple University. Degree (honorary), Kalamazoo College.

Degree (honorary), Washington University, St. Louis. Degree (honorary), Trinity College, Connecticut. Degree (honorary), Arizona State University.

Degree (honorary), State University of New York, Albany. Degree (honorary), Northern Michigan University. Degree (honorary), University Utah.

Degree (honorary), College New Rochelle. Degree (honorary), George Washington University. Degree (honorary), Governors State University.

Degree (honorary), Harvard University. Degree (honorary), University Pennsylvania. Degree (honorary), Ripon College.

Degree (honorary), Atlanta University. Degree (honorary), Wayne State University. Degree (honorary), University North Carolina.

Degree (honorary), Dillard University. Degree (honorary), Manhattan College. Degree (honorary), Roosevelt University.

Degree (honorary), North Carolina Central University. Degree (honorary), Indiana State University. Degree (honorary), St. Olaf College.

Degree (honorary), Emory University. Degree (honorary), University Miami. Degree (honorary), University Connecticut.

Degree (honorary), University North Carolina. Degree (honorary), Brandeis University. Degree (honorary), Wake Forest University.

Degree (honorary), Wilkes College. Degree (honorary), Queen's College, New York. Degree (honorary), Wilmington College.

Degree (honorary), University North Carolina, Greensboro. Degree (honorary), Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina. Degree (honorary), Illinois State University.

Degree (honorary), Bates College. Degree (honorary), Williams College, University South. Degree (honorary), University North Carolina.

Degree (honorary), American University. Degree (honorary), Furman University. Degree (honorary), Georgetown University.

Degree (honorary), Tufts University. Degree (honorary), Elizabeth City State University. Degree (honorary), Shaw University.

Degree (honorary), San Francisco University. Degree (honorary), Washington Lee University. Degree (honorary), Columbia College, Chicago.

Degree (honorary), Lincoln Memorial University. Degree (honorary), Elmira College. Degree (honorary), Lane College.

Degree (honorary), Bethune-Cookman College, Amherst College, University Cincinnati, Dartmouth College, University Kentucky, Duke University, San Francisco State University, York College, Northeastern University, Occidental College. Degree (honorary), University Akron. Degree (honorary), University Vermont.

Degree (honorary), Bennett College. Degree (honorary), San Diego University. Degree (honorary), Pennsylvania State University.

Degree (honorary), Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, Pomona College. Degree (honorary), University San Diego, University Vermont, University Akron, University North Carolina, Pembroke. Degree (honorary), South Carolina State University.

Degree (honorary), University District of Columbia. Degree (honorary), Wesleyan University, 2006. Degree (honorary), Lafayette College, 2006.


Writer and university professor. Professor, of History St. Augustine's College 1939-1943, N.C. College, Durham 1943-1947, Howard University 1947-1956. Chairman Department, of History Brooklyn College 1956-1964.

Professor, of American History University of Chicago 1964-1982, Chairman Department, of History 1967-1970, John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor 1969-1982. James; Professor, of History Duke University since 1982. Pitt Professor, of American History and Institutions Cambridge University 1962-1963.

Visiting Professor Harvard, Wisconsin, Cornell, Hawaii, Calif, and Cambridge Universities, and Salzburg Seminar. Chairman Board of Foreign Scholarships 1966-1969, National Council on Humanities 1976-1979. Director 111. Bell Telephone Company 1972-1980.

Edward Austin Fellow 1937-1938, Rosenwald Fellow 1937-1939, Guggenheim Fellow 1950-1951, 1973-1974. President’s Fellow, Brown University 1952-1953, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioural Science 1973-1974. Senior Mellon Fellow, National Humanities Center since 1980.

Fulbright Professor, Australia 1960. Jefferson Lecturer in Humanities 1976. President 1978-1979), Southern Historical Association (President 1970-1971), Organization of American Historians (President 1970-1975), Association for Study of Negro Life and History, American Studies Association, American Philosophical Society, American Association of University Profs.

Numerous honorary degrees.



Trustee Chicago Symphony, 1976—1980, Fisk University, 1947—1980. Board directors Salzburg Seminar, Museum of Science and Industry, 1968—1980, DuSable Museum, 1970—2009. Fellow: American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Member: American Association of University Professors, American Philosophical Society (Jefferson medal 1993, Benjamin Franklin medal 2006), American Studies Association (past president), Association for Study Negro Life and History, Organization American Historians (president 1974-1975), Southern History Association 1970-1971, American History Association 1978-1979, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Kappa (senate 1966-1982, president 1973-1976, Sidney Hook award 1994).


  • Other Interests

    Cultivating orchids, fly fishing, classical music.


Married Aurelia E. Whittington, June 11, 1940 (deceased 1999). 1 child John Whittington.

Buck Colbert Franklin

Mollie (Parker) Franklin

Aurelia E. Whittington

John Whittington Franklin