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William Gillette

educator , historian

William Gillette, American historian, educator. Social Science Research Council faculty fellow, 1970; recipient Landry award Louisiana State University Press, 1979, Chastain award Southern Political Science Association, 1980, award of merit American Association for State and Local History, 1996, McCormick award New Jersey History Commission, 1997; grantee American Philosophical Society, New Jersey History Commission.


Gillette, William was born on March 2, 1933 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. Son of Samuel William and Lillian (Abeson) Gillette.


Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University, 1955;Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1956;postgraduate, Columbia University, 1958-1959;Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1963.


Instructor Ohio State University, 1962-1964. Acting assistant professor University Connecticut, Storrs, 1965-1966. Assistant professor Brooklyn College City University of New York, 1966-1967.

Associate professor Rutgers University, 1967-1981, professor, since 1981. Fulbright professor University Salzburg (Austria), 1982-1983, Japan Women's University and Tsuda College, 1997-1998, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2008. With Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, New Jersey.

With Army of the United States, 1956-1958.



Served with Army of the United States, 1956-1958. Member American Association of University Professors, American History Association, New Jersey History Society, Advisers for New Jersey History, Western History Association.


Married Elisabeth L. Janes, May 23, 1971. Children: Scott Douglas, Wendy Elisabeth.

Samuel William Gillette

Lillian (Abeson) Gillette

Elisabeth L. Janes

Scott Douglas Gillette

Wendy Elisabeth Gillette