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William Best Hesseltine


William Best Hesseltine, American educator. Recipient C. M. McClung award in Tennessee History, 1930, 31; Guggenheim award, 1962. Member American, Mississippi Valley History Assns., Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Chi, Phi Gamma Mu, Alpha.


Hesseltine, William Best was born on February 21, 1902 in Brucetown, Virginia, United States. Son of William Edward and Rosa May (Best) Hesseltine.


Bachelor of Arts, Washington and Lee University, 1922, Doctor of Letters, 1949. Master of Arts, University Virginia, 1925. Doctor of Philosophy., Ohio State University, 1928.


Teacher history and geography U. Military School, Mobile, Alabama, 1922-1923. Professor historical and social science Scarritt-Morrisville College, Morrisville, Missouri, 1923-1924. Instructor history U. Arkansas, 1924-1926.

Graduate assistant Ohio State University, 1926-1928. Professor of history U. Chattanooga, 1928-1932. Assistant professor of University Wisconsin, 1932-1936, associate professor, 1936-1940, professor since 1940.

Teacher Shrivenham American U., England, 1945. Visiting professor, summers, universities Missouri, 1928, Tennessee, 1930, Cincinnati, 1935, Washington, 1935, New York, 1939, Southern California, 1941 University of California, 1949. Lecturer for Department State, cultural Centers, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala.

Visiting professor Rice Institute, 1953-1954, Stanford, summer 1954, United States.C., 1957-1958. Lecturer State Department, Germany, 1955, Afghanistan, Iran, W. Pakistan, E. Pakistan, Ceylon, India.


  • Author: Civil War Prisons, 1930. Twelve Representative Americans, 1930. Ulysses S. Grant, 1935.

    History of the South. 1936

  • Syllabus of United States History, 1936, 40. South in American History, 1943.

    Lincoln and the War Governors, 1948. The Rise and Fall of Third Parties, 1948. Three Against Lincoln, 1960.

    Blue and Gray on the Nile, 1961. The Tragic Conflict, 1962. Third Party Movements in the United States, 1962.

    Lincoln’s Plan of Reconstruction, 1963.


Member American, Mississippi Valley History Assns., Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Chi, Phi Gamma Mu, Alpha.


Married Katherine Kramer, September 1, 1923. Children: William Edward, Katherine May.

William Edward Hesseltine

Rosa May (Best) Hesseltine

Katherine Kramer

William Edward Hesseltine

Katherine May Hesseltine