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Judson, Margaret Atwood (1899–1991) - U.S. History

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Margaret Atwood Judson was born in Winsted, Connecticut, on November 5, 1899, to George W. and Minnie (Atwood) Judson. She obtained a B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College in 1922 and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College (1923 and 1933, respectively). She was also awarded an LL.D. from Rutgers University in 1968 and a Litt.D. from Mt. Holyoke in 1972. Judson was an instructor of history at Douglass College, Rutgers University, from 1928 to 1933, assistant professor from 1933 to 1942, associate professor from 1942 to 1948, and full professor in 1948. She chaired the history and political science department from 1955 to 1963 and served as acting dean of Douglass College from 1966 to 1967. She was Alice F. Palmer Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in 1959 and a Guggenheim fellow from 1954 to 1955. Judson was president of the Berkshire History Conference from 1948 to 1950.

In 1949 Judson wrote The Crisis of the Constitution . Twenty years later she wrote The Political Thought of Sir Henry Vane the Younger . in 1980 she wrote From Tradition to Political Reality , and in 1984 she wrote Breaking the Barrier: A Professional Autobiography by a Woman Educator and Historian Before the Women’s Movement . In December 1990 Judson won the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction. A chair at Rutgers, the Margaret Atwood Judson Professor of History, was established in her name. Margaret Atwood Judson died in a nursing home in Piscataway, New Jersey, in March 1991.

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