Gale, Esson M. (Esson McDowell), 1884-1964

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Orientalist, government official and director of the International Center at University of Michigan.

From the description of Esson M. Gale papers, 1909-1965. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 83020185

From the description of Esson M. Gale papers, 1926-1965. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34420804

Esson M. Gale was born in Bad Axe, Mich., December 8, 1884. He received his B.A. (1907) and M.A. (1908) degrees from the University of Michigan and his doctorate at the University of Leyden, Holland. His specialty was Chinese language studies. Gale first went to China as a government language student interpreter following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1908. He spent five years in the U.S. Consular Service in Peking and Shanghai; he would later become commissioner of the Chinese Salt Revenue Administration. He returned to the U-M in 1927 as visiting lecturer in Far Eastern history. He was lecturer and chairman of the department of oriental languages and literature at the University of California (Berkeley) from 1928 to 1932 and visiting professor of political science at Northwestern University in 1940-41. In 1942, he became acting James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan in 1942. In 1943, he was named to be second director of the International Center. He retired in 1955. Later, from 1958 to 1960, he would be visiting professor at Korea University. He died May 15, 1964.

From the guide to the Esson M. Gale papers, 1909-1965, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Arthur Lyon Cross Papers, 1897-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. English Language Institute. English Language Institute (University of Michigan) records, 1940-1982. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Dow, Earle W. (Earle Wilbur), 1868-1946. Earle Wilbur Dow papers, 1885-1945. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Esson M. Gale papers, 1909-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Gale, Esson M. (Esson McDowell), 1884-1964. Esson M. Gale papers, 1909-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945. Joseph Ralston Hayden papers, 1854-1948. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf University of Michigan. English Language Institute. English Language Institute (University of Michigan) records, 1940-2004. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Gale, Esson M. (Esson McDowell), 1884-1964. Esson M. Gale papers, 1926-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn English Language Institute (University of Michigan), records, 1940-2004 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Earle Wilbur Dow papers, 1885-1945 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Joseph Ralston Hayden Papers, 1854-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn James K. Pollock papers, 1920-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. International Center. International Center (University of Michigan) records, 1930-1976. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968. James Kerr Pollock papers, 1920-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn International Center(University of Michigan)records, 1933-1991, 1933-1976 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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Birth 1884-12-08

Death 1964-05-15

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