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Brown, Louise Fargo (1878–1955) - British History

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Louise Fargo Brown was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1878 to Albert Tower and Eva Perry (Fargo) Brown. She received a B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1903 and entered the graduate school there in 1905. She was twice awarded the Andrew White Traveling Fellowship, which enabled her to study in London, Oxford, Basel, Zurich, and Geneva. The results of her research during those years were published in the English Historical Review . She received a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1909.

Except for one spring semester at Vassar in 1905, Brown was an instructor in history at Wellesley from 1909 to 1915. In 1911 she published The Political Activities of the Baptists and Fifth Monarchy Men in England During the Interregnum , which received the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from the American Historical Association for the best monograph of the year in modern European history.

From 1915 to 1917 Louise Brown was dean of women and professor of history at the University of Nevada. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, she became a sergeant in the Marine Corps and did research on the corps. In 1919 she returned to Vassar, where she taught until her retirement in 1944. During this time, Brown published The First Earl of Shaftesbury (1933) for the American Historical Association and wrote Apostle of Democracy: The Life of Lucy Maynard Salmon in 1943. She was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and in 1930 was a co-founder of the Berkshire Historical Conference of Women Historians. After her retirement, Brown published Men and Centuries of European Civilization , co-authored with George B. Carson (1948). At the time of her death on May 1, 1955, at Norfolk, Virginia, Louise Fargo Brown was working on a study of the role of informers in English and early American history.

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