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William Earl Parrish was American history professor. Recipient proclamation for quarter century of service Governor of Missouri, 1978, award of merit American Association State and Local History, 1974., Distinguished Service award, State History Society Missouri, 2006.


Parrish, William Earl was born on April 7, 1931 in Garden City, Kansas, United States. Son of Earl Milton and Anna Maye (Stoker) Parrish.


Bachelor of Science with honors, Kansas State University, 1952. Master of Arts in History, University Missouri, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy in History, University Missouri, 1955.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Westminster College, 2001.


Assistant professor to Harry S. Truman professor in American history, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 1955-1978;dean of college, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 1973-1975;professor of history, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 1978-1996;head department history, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 1978-1985;professor emeritus, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, since 1996.



Member Missouri Advisory Council on History Preservation, 1967-1978. Chairman Missouri American Revolution Bicentennial Committee, 1974-1977. National advisory board Society of Civil War Historians, 1986-1997.

Member State History Records Advisory Board, 1980-1995. Member Organization American Historians, Southern History Association, National Trust History Preservation, Mississippi History Society (president 1995-1996), State History Society Missouri (life), Rotary, Phi Alpha Theta (international president 1985-1987), Phi Gamma Delta (historian since 1989, Distinguished Service award 1998).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: deltiology.


Married Ellen Kaye Vickers, June 14, 1959 (divorced 1971). Married Helen Sue Lewis Stoppel, June 2, 1972. Children: Elizabeth Ann, William Lewis.

Earl Milton Parrish

Anna Maye (Stoker) Parrish

Ellen Kaye Vickers

Helen Sue Lewis Stoppel

Elizabeth Ann Parrish

William Lewis Parrish