Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940

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William Edward Dodd (1869-1940) was a historian and United States ambassador to Germany.

From the guide to the William Edward Dodd Letters, ., 1911-1923, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Historian, diplomat, college professor.

From the description of William Edward Dodd letter to Alfred Jackson Hanna [manuscript], 1895 December 2. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 502141954

Historian and diplomat.

From the description of William Edward Dodd papers, 1895-1955 (bulk 1900-1940). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81776755

U. S. ambassador.

From the description of Papers, 1901-1939. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 41546400

Historian; U.S. ambassador to Germany.

From the description of William Edward Dodd letters, 1911-1923. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 23153383

Biographical Note

  • 1869, Oct. 21: Born, Clayton, N.C.
  • 1897: B.S. and M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va.
  • 1899: Ph.D., University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • 1901: Married Martha Johns
  • 1900 - 1908 : Professor of history, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va.
  • 1908 - 1933 : Professor of history, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1933 - 1937 : Ambassador to Germany
  • 1934: President, American Historical Association
  • 1938 - 1940 : Returned and resided in the United States
  • 1940, Feb. 9: Died, Round Hill, Va.
  • 1941: Publication of Ambassador Dodd's Diary, 1933-1937. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co.

From the guide to the William Edward Dodd Papers, 1895-1955, (bulk 1900-1940), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

William Edward Dodd was born in 1869 in Clayton, North Carolina. He was professor of history at Randolph-Macon College (1900–1908) and at the University of Chicago (1908–1933). From June,1933, to Dec., 1937, he was ambassador to Germany. While Dodd had enjoyed his school years in Leipzig, he eventually became a strong critic of Hitler’s. Dodd’s historical writings reflect his devotion to democracy, and he inspired a whole school of historians, who carried on his Jeffersonian and Wilsonian ideals.

Dodd’s works include The Cotton Kingdom; a Chronicle of the Old South (1921), Statesmen of the old South; or, From Radicalism to Conservative Revolt (1926), Woodrow Wilson and his Work (1920), Ambassador Dodd's diary, 1933-1938, The old South; Struggles for Democracy (1937), and Jefferson Davis (1907; 1966).

William E. Dodd died in 1940.

From the guide to the Dodd, William E. Papers, 1918-1924, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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creatorOf Cabell, William Daniel, 1834-1904. Papers of William Daniel Cabell and the Cabell and Ellet families [manuscript], 1798-1955. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dodd, William E. Papers, 1918-1924 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Bernadotte Everly Schmitt Papers, 1868-1970, (bulk 1905-1969) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932. Papers of Frederick Jackson Turner, 1862-1976 (bulk 1889-1932). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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referencedIn Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948. Papers of Josephus Daniels, 1806-1948 (bulk 1913-1921). Library of Congress
creatorOf Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940. William Edward Dodd papers, 1895-1955 (bulk 1900-1940). Library of Congress
referencedIn Seymour, Charles, 1885-1963. Charles Seymour papers, 1912-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Inquiry papers, 1915-1921 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932. Frederick Jackson Turner correspondence, 1889-1927. Harvard University, Houghton Library
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referencedIn Dummer, Ethel Sturges, 1866-1954. Papers, 1766-1962 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Martha Lipmann Collection, 1927-1980, bulk 1936-1942 Leo Baeck Institute Archives
referencedIn William B. Wisdom collection of Thomas Wolfe, 1909-1959. Houghton Library.
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007 (inclusive), 1885-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Hinsdale family papers, 1857-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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referencedIn Blaine, Anita McCormick. Correspondence and papers, 1828-1958. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. President's Secretary's file, 1933-1945. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Dodd, Martha. Papers, 1898-1990 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf William Edward Dodd Papers, 1895-1955, (bulk 1900-1940) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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creatorOf Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940. William Edward Dodd letters, 1911-1923. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Coker, May Roper, 1890-1976. Papers, 1908-1975. South Carolina Newspaper Project
referencedIn Miscellaneous Papers University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940. Papers, 1901-1939. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Pierce, Bessie Louise, 1888-1974. Papers, 1839-1974 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Coker, May Roper, 1890-1976. May Roper Coker papers, 1908-1975. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Dodd, Martha. Papers of Martha Dodd, 1898-1990 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947. Papers, 1881-1944 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Max James Kohler Papers, 1765-1963 (bulk 1888-1935) American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Moore, R. Walton (Robert Walton), 1859-1941. Papers, 1922-1941. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf William Edward Dodd Letters, ., 1911-1923 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. President's Secretary's file, 1933-1945. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Smith, Mary Shannon. Mary Shannon Smith papers, 1907-1920 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Montague, Andrew Jackson, 1862-1937. Papers, 1854-1938. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Nef, Elinor Castle. Papers, 1891-1966 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Letters sent to Walter Hines Page from various correspondents, English period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Spelman Fund of New York. Archives, 1930-1939. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham. Papers, 1881-1944 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn McLean, Angus Wilton, 1870-1935. Angus Wilton McLean papers, 1910-1933 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Josephus Daniels Papers, 1829-1948, (bulk 1913-1921) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Hinsdale family. Hinsdale family papers, 1857-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Papers, 1766-1962 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn John Spencer Bassett Papers, 1770-1978, (bulk 1894-1928) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940. William Edward Dodd letter to Alfred Jackson Hanna [manuscript], 1895 December 2. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949,. John Brown manuscripts, 1839-1943. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Wallace Notestein papers, 1899-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Letters and documents. Hollins University, Wyndham Robertson Library
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Correspondence relating to the Southern Writers Convention sponsored by the "Virginia Quarterly Review" at the University of Virginia, October 23-24, 1931 [manuscript], 1931-1932. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Claude Halstead Van Tyne papers, 1885-1930 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Schmitt, Bernadotte Everly, 1886-1969. Papers of Bernadotte Everly Schmitt, 1868-1970 (bulk 1905-1969). Library of Congress
creatorOf Owsley, Frank Lawrence, 1890-1956. Frank Lawrence Owsley Correspondence, 1913-1959. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
referencedIn Frederick Jackson Turner correspondence, 1889-1927. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940. Papers, 1918-1924. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Gordon, Armistead C. (Armistead Churchill), 1897-1953,. Invitations and announcements sent to Atcheon and Virginia Hench for University of Virginia and civic events [manuscript], 1907-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Barksdale, Narcissa L. Smith, d. 1875. Papers of the Janney family, 1695-1981 (bulk 1755-1944). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Martha Dodd Papers, 1898-1990, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial. Archives. 1918-1930. Rockefeller Archive Center, Rockefeller University, Pocantico Hills
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Illinois
United States
Germany
Illinois
Germany
Chicago (Ill.)
Europe
United States
United States
Chicago (Ill.)
Europe
Subject
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Germany
History--Study and teaching
World politics--20th century
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Historians--Political activity
Occupation
Diplomats
Historians
Function

Person

Birth 1869-10-21

Death 1940-02-09

Americans

German,

English,

French

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