James Alton James

James Alton James (17 September 1864, Jefferson, Wisconsin - 12 February 1962, Evanston, Illinois) was a United States educator and historian.


He spent two years at the Platteville Normal School, and then, after teaching high school two years to pay for the University, entered the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated as valedictorian with an LL.B. in 1888. He received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1893.

He was superintendent of schools in Darlington, Wisconsin, 1888–90; professor of history in Cornell College, Iowa, 1893-97. He became a professor of history at Northwestern University in 1897, becoming professor emeritus in 1935. He was head of the history department for over two decades, and was also the chairman of the graduate student work at the university 1917-1931. He was a member of several educational and historical societies.


  • Government in State and Nation, with Allen Hart Stanford (1901)
  • Our Government (1903)
  • American History (1909)
  • Readings in American History (1914)
  • Charles Seignobos, History of Contemporary Civilization, editor (1909)
  • George Rogers Clark Papers, editor (Illinois State Historical Society, 1912)



  • Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "James, James Alton" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  • "Guide to the James Alton James (1846-1962) Papers". Northwestern University Library. Retrieved 20 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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