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Robert E. May, American history professor. President, program chair West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club, Indiana, 1978—2006.


May, Robert E. was born on July 6, 1943 in Brklyn. Son of Edna L. May.


Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1969.


Associate professor history Purdue University, 1975—1986, professor history, since 1986. Historian-in-residence Monmouth Plantation, Natchez, Mississippi, 1988. Executive committee member Indiana Association Historians, Indianapolis, 1989—1990.

Board governors Tippecanoe County History Association, Lafayette, Indiana, 1995—2002. Francis B. Simkins award committee Southern History Association, 1996—1997. Merle Curti award intellectual history committee member Organization American Historians, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001—2003.

English 12 end-of-course assessments team member Indiana Department Education, Indianapolis, 2003, Congress of Racial Equality-40 United States history assessment committee member, 2003—2004.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (history book) Manifest Destiny's Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America, 2002 (Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2003), John A. Quitman: Old South Crusader (McLemore Prize, 1986), The Southern Dream of a Caribbean Empire. Contributor articles to professional journals (Willie D. Halsell prize, Mississippi History Society, 1989).


President, program chair West Lafayette Sagamore Lions Club, Indiana, 1978—2006.


Married Jill Powell, June 10, 1967. Children: Heather R., S. Beth.

Edna L. May May

Jill Powell

Heather R. May

S. Beth May