Wallace Notestein

Wallace Notestein (December 16, 1878 – February 3, 1969) was an American historian and Sterling Professor of English History at Yale University from 1928 to 1947. He was married to women's educational pioneer Ada Comstock.

Wallace Notestein
Wallace Notestein in 1919.jpg
Wallace Notestein in 1919
Born(1878-12-16)December 16, 1878
Wooster, Ohio, US
DiedFebruary 3, 1969(1969-02-03) (aged 90)
Spouse(s)
(m. 1943)
Academic background
EducationBA, 1900, College of Wooster
MA, 1903, PhD, 1908, Yale University
ThesisA history of witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 (1908)
Academic work
InstitutionsYale University
Cornell University
University of Minnesota
University of Kansas

He was a member of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace in Europe after World War I.

Early lifeEdit

Notestein was born on December 16, 1878, in Wooster, Ohio, to parents Jonas O. and Margaret (Wallace) Notestein.[1] He was born into an academic family; his father and uncles were professors and his younger sister Lucy Lilian Notestein became a historian.[2] Notestein attended the College of Wooster for his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1900 and received his Master's degree and PhD from Yale University.[1]

CareerEdit

Notestein joined the faculty of history at the University of Kansas from 1905 until 1907 when he left to teach at the University of Minnesota.[1] During his lengthy tenure in Minnesota, he published his first book titled A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 through the American Historical Association. It was a chronological survey of Witchcraft in early modern Britain.[3] In 1919, Notestein was a member of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace in Europe after World War I.[4] Upon his return, he accepted the role of Professor of English History at Cornell University.[5]

Notestein stayed at Cornell for eight years, during which he was appointed the Goldwin Smith Chair of English History, before leaving to become a Sterling Professor at his alma mater, Yale.[6] During his first year at Yale, he was appointed by British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald to serve on a British commission investigating materials for a history of the personnel of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.[7] He was later honored by the University of Oxford in 1958 with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.[8]

Notestein died on February 3, 1969, in New Haven, Connecticut from a heart attack.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Notestein married women's educational pioneer Ada Comstock in 1943.[10]

WorksEdit

  • A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 (1911)
  • The Winning of the Initiative by the House of Commons (1926)
  • English Folk: A Book of Characters (1938)
  • The Scot in History: A Study of the Interplay of Character and History (1946)
  • The English People on the Eve of Colonization, 1603–1630 (1954)
  • Four Worthies: John Chamberlain, Anne Clifford, John Taylor, Oliver Heywood (1957)
  • The House of Commons, 1604–1610 (1971)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Wallace Notestein papers". archives.yale.edu. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Dettling, James (May 16, 1971). "Notestein Reads Every Note On Wooster College". The Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Schumacher, G.F.B. (October 1912). "Review of A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718". The American Historical Review. 18 (1): 129–130. doi:10.1086/ahr/18.1.129. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  4. ^ ""U" Professor Going to Peace Conference". Minneapolis, Minnesota: Star Tribune. January 11, 1919. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Notestein To Join Cornell History Staff". The Cornell Daily Sun. March 1, 1920. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspaperarchive.com.
  6. ^ "Notestein To Leave Cornell; Goes To Yale". The Ithaca Journal. January 21, 1928. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "MacDonald Selects Wallace Notestein For History Task". The Ithaca Journal. October 7, 1929. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Oxford U To Honor Yale Professor". Meriden, Connecticut: Record-Journal. June 28, 1958. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Wallace Notestein Dies; Famed Yale Professor". Hartford Courant. February 3, 1969. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "ADA L. C0MST0CK WED TO WALLACE NOTESTEIN". The Indianapolis News. June 15, 1943. Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via newspapers.com.

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