DeWitt Clinton Ellinwood Jr.

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DeWitt Clinton Ellinwood Jr.

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Historian and teacher, born in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He was a historian of India and the British Empire who pursued interests in the history of India's military. He grew up in various small towns in Illinois where his father was a Methodist minister. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1945. He subsequently earned a
master's degree at Cornell University in 1952 and completed his PhD degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 1962. His dissertation was "Lord Milner's 'kindergarten', the British Round Table Group, and the Movement for Imperial Reform, 1910-1918." DeWitt taught briefly at Ohio University, Washington University in St. Louis and National College in Kansas City, but in 1962 he joined thefaculty of the State University of New York at Albany, where he would spend the rest of his career until retirement in 1992. He taught courses on British and Indian history. His research interests centered on aspects of the life and roles of Indian soldiers under the British and related subjects. He was a frequent participant in academic conferences; I beieve I first me him at an AAS conference in the late 1960s, and enjoyed his conversations at many meetings later. He had an interest and participation in a number of organizations focused upon social concerns including the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Peace and Justice Committee of the Capital Area Council of Churches. He was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal/United Methodist Church and took great joy in singing in the choir at the McKownville Methodist Church. For more informations see:
Published in Albany Times Union from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2012


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