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Austin C. Craig (February 22, 1872 – February 11, 1949)[2] was an American historian born in Eddyton, New York. Being one of the first biographers of the Philippine national hero, José Rizal, a street was named after him in Sampaloc, Manila.

Austin Craig
Austin C. Craig

(1872-02-22)February 22, 1872
Eddytown, Starkey, New York, United States[1]
DiedFebruary 11, 1949(1949-02-11) (aged 76)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States[2]
Resting placeLakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States[3]
Known forOne of the first biographers of José Rizal
Parent(s)Austin Craig
Mary Adelaide Churchill

He was educated at Cornell University, University of Rochester, and the Pacific University. He arrived in Manila on July 25, 1904 as a teacher under the Bureau of Education, taking up positions in Lubang Island; Calapan, Mindoro; and finally in Manila at the Philippine School of Arts and Trades. The Philippine Normal School, Manila High School, the University of the Philippines, and the University of Manila (1922-1927).

In 1910, he became the first Chair of the Department of History of the University of the Philippines.[4]

He was the holder of the Rizal professorial chair at the University of the Philippines in Padre Faura from 1912 to 1922. This chair was awarded him in recognition of his books on Rizal, the first being The Story of Jose Rizal, 1909, followed Lineage, Life and Labor of Jose Rizal, Philippine Patriot: A Study of the Growth of Free Ideas in the Trans Pacific American Territory. He died on February 11, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956
  2. ^ a b c Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002
  3. ^ Wilcox, Erice (2009-01-12). "Austin Craig". Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  4. ^ University of the Philippines
  5. ^ Ordoñez, Elmer A. (2008-02-02). "A UP tale: The case of Austin Craig". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  6. ^ Mariano, Dan (2009-06-19). "The Ateneo in Rizal". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-19.


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