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Townsend, Mary Evelyn (1884–1954) - History of European Colonialism

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Mary Evelyn Townsend was born in New York City on June 5, 1884, to Charles and Mary Evelyn (Mulligan) Townsend. She received an A.B. from Wellesley College in 1905, an A.M. from Columbia University in 1917, and a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1921. She continued her postgraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, the University of London, and the University of Berlin. Townsend taught at St. Mary’s School in New York from 1906 to 1912. She was head of the history department of the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, from 1912 to 1917. She became an instructor of history at Teachers College in 1919 and was an exchange lecturer in history at Bedford College at the University of London in 1921 and 1922. In 1935 Townsend became an associate professor at Columbia and was named full professor in 1939. During World War II, Townsend worked for the American Red Cross, the Office of Civilian Defense, and the United States Military Intelligence Service.

Dr. Townsend was the author of Origins of German Colonialism (1921), The Rise and Fall of Germany’s Colonial Empire (1930), Economics and Public Law (1932), European Colonial Expansion Since 1871 (1941), and Teachers College Columbia University (1954). Mary Townsend died on May 9, 1954, in New York City.

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