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John Olin Eidson


John Olin Eidson, American educator. Recipient M.G. Michael award for research, 1950.


Eidson, John Olin was born on December 10, 1908 in Johnston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Olin Marvin and Margaret (Rushton) Eidson.


Bachelor of Arts, Wofford College, 1929, Doctor of Letters (honorary), 1954. Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1930. Doctor of Philosophy., Duke, 1941.

Faculty U. Georgia, Athens, 1936-1968. Beginning as instructor English, successively dean U. Georgia (Coordinate College). Director U. Georgia (U. Center in Georgia).

Dean U. Georgia (College Arts and Sciences), 1957-1968. President Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, 1968-1971. Vice chancellor University System of Georgia, 1971-1976.

Fulbright professor American studies U. Bonn, Germany, 1977-1978. Visiting professor American literature U. Freiberg, Germany, 1956.


Director U. Ga; dean U. Ga. President Ga; Editor: (with W.W. Davidson) Ga. Rev, 1950-1957; president Fifty Yr.

Deans Southern States (secretary-treas.


  • Author: Tennyson in America, 1943, Charles Stearns Wheeler. Friend of Emerson, 1951, (with W.W. Davidson) Reading for Pleasure, 1948. Editor: (with W.W. Davidson) Georgia Rev, 1950-1957.

    Member editorial board (with W.W. Davidson), 1957-1974. Contributor (with W.W. Davidson) articles and reviews to scholastic journals Vice president Coastal Empire council Boy Scouts American, 1970-1971. Executive Board Atlanta Area council, 1973-1983.

    President Fifty Year Club of Wofford College, 1980-1983, U. Georgia Botanical Garden, 1981-1983.


Served from Lieutenant to major, infantry Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member American Studies Association, Modern Language Association American, S. Atlantic Modern Language Association, Association State Universities and Land-Grant Colls. (member senate 1963-1966), Southeastern American Studies Association (president 1966-1968), Conference Academy Deans Southern States (secretary-treasurer 1965-1966, vice president 1966-1967, president 1967-1968), National Council College Arts and Science, English Association London, Newcomen Society North America, American Association State Colleges Universities, Statesboro Chamber of Commerce, Tennyson Society England, Sphinx, Phi Beta Kappa (chairman S. Atlantic district 1958-1961, president Coastal Georgia-Carolina association 1970-1972), Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Phi Alpha (nat. secretary 1929-1934.

Club: Rotanan.


Married Perrin Cudd, August 7, 1952.

Olin Marvin Eidson

Margaret (Rushton) Eidson

Perrin Cudd