B.S.S., City College of New York, 1937; Master of Science in Education, City College of New York, 1939; Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1954.
Historian,, United States Army Air Force, 1944-1947; teacher, New York City public schools, 1947-1957; visiting professor, Columbia University, summers 1959, 60; lecturer history, Columbia University, 1954-1958; professor of history, department chairman, Long Island U., 1958-1962; dean College Liberal Arts and Science, Long Island U., 1962-1966; dean graduate studies and research, State University of New York-Fredonia, 1966-1969; professor of history, U. Tennessee, 1969-1984; alumni distinguished service professor, U. Tennessee, 1977-1984; Lindsay Young professor, U. Tennessee, 1980-1984; professor emeritus, U. Tennessee, since 1984; university historian, U. Tennessee, 1988-1997. Walter E. Meyer visiting professor New York University Law School, 1976-1977. Chairman Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Early American History and Culture, 1971-1972.
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Lieutenant colonel United States Air Force Reserve. Member American History Association, Organization American Historians, American Society 18th Century Studies (articles prize 1976), Southeastern American Society 18th Century Studies (director 1978-1981, vice president 1982-1984, president 1984-1985), American Association of University Professors (national council 1978-1980, Claxton award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education 1997), American Society Legal History (chairman membership committee 1969-1974, director 1971-1976, 84-86, secretary 1975-1977, vice president 1978-1980, president 1980-1982), American Antiquarian Society, Massachusetts History Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key.
Married Margaret Gordon, August 25, 1963. Children: Edward Gordon, Peter Gordon.