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History educator

Richard L. Watson, American History educator.


Watson, Richard L. was born on December 25, 1914 in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts, United States.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1935; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1939.


Assistant professor, associate professor, professor Department History, Duke U., Durham, North Carolina, 1939-1984; chair department history, Duke U., Durham, North Carolina, 1960-1967; acting chair department history, 1970-1971, 80-81; professor emeritus, Duke U., Durham, since 1984. Director Living History Program, Duke U., since 1985. Chair Duke Academy Council, 1964-1966, 75-77, faculty secretary, 1984-1990.

Coordinator Hosei (Japan) U., at Duke U., since 1990.


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  • Other Work

    • Editor: Bishop Cannon's Own Story, 1955, The United States in the Contemporary World, 1945-1962, 65. Author: The Development of National Power: The United States, 1909-1919, 1976. Co-editor: Interpreting and Teaching American History, 1961, The Reinterpretation of American History and Culture, 1973.

      Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Vice president, president Durham Savoyards Ltd. Senior warden, junior warden St. Philip's Episcopal Church. Board directors Cmty.

Kitchen Durham, 1980-1982, secretary, since 1986. Trustee St. Augustine's College, 1965-1971. Lieutenant colonel United States Army, 1941-1946.

Member Southern History Association (Vice-President 1975-1976, president), History Society North Carolina (president 1972), North Carolina Literature and History Association (president 1966).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: Gilbert and Sullivan, gardening.


M. Ruth Elizabeth Barker, 1944. Children: Richard, James, Patricia.

Richard Watson

James Watson

Patricia Watson