Myers, William Starr, 1877-1956

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Birth 1877-06-17
Death 1956-01-27

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William Starr Myers (1877-1956) was a journalist, author, and professor at Princeton University, 1906-1956. He received his A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1897.

From the description of William Starr Myers papers, 1887-1947. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 24654882

Myers was a professor of politics at Princeton University, and the author of several books on American history and politics.

From the description of William Starr Myers papers, 1887-1953 (bulk 1915-1953). (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 82319648

William Starr Myers, son of J. Norris Myers and Laura Virginia Starr Myers, was born on 17 June 1877 in Baltimore, Md. In 1890, the Myers family moved to Asheville, N.C., where J. Norris Myers operated a shoe store.

William Starr Myers received his A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1897 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1900. At the University of North Carolina, Myers was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. He was editor of the university yearbook, the Hellenian and of the newspaper, the Tar Heel . He also wrote the words for Hail to the Brightest Star, sung to the tune of an old college song, called Amici and performed for the first time by the University Glee Club in 1897. This song evolved into the University of North Carolina alma mater, Hark the Sound .

Myers was a master at the Gilman School for Boys in Baltimore, Md., 1900-1906, and then was assistant professor and preceptor at Princeton University, 1906-1918. He was a professor at Princeton from 1918 until his death in 1956.

William Starr Myers married Margaret Barr on 8 June 1910.

From the guide to the William Starr Myers Papers, 1893-1947, (Southern Historical Collection)


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