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John Knox Bettersworth

educator , writer

John Knox Bettersworth, American educator, writer.

Background

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.

Career

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.

Works

book Confederate Mississippi,: The people and policies of a cotton state in wartime, book Cat Island: The History of a Mississippi Gulf Coast Barrier Island book Your old world past, book Mississippi,: Yesterday and today book Volume 1 of The American Heritage New Illustrated History of the United States: The New World book Greyhound Commander: Confederate General John G. Walker's History of the Civil War West of the Mississippi book The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi book Classic Magnolia Rock: History of Original Mississippi Rock and Roll 1953-1970 book Classic Magnolia Rock: History of Original Mississippi Rock and Roll 1953-1970 book Your Mississippi book The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi book Classic Magnolia Rock: History of Original Mississippi Rock and Roll 1953-1970 book Beacon Lights of History: The New Era a Supplementary (World Cultural Heritage Library)

Membership

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).

Connections

Married Ann L. Stephens, October 28, 1943. 1 child, Nancy Elizabeth.