Arthur N. Holcombe

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Arthur Norman Holcombe (born November 3, 1884 Winchester, Massachusetts - December 9, 1977) was an American historian, and educator.

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He received a BA at Harvard University in 1906 and a Ph.D. in 1909. On August 30, 1910, he married Carolyn H. Crossett. They had five children. In 1964, he married Hadassah Moore Leeds Parrot.

Arthur Norman Holcombe split his career between public service and teaching. He was president of the American Political Science Association in 1936. He was credited with establishing political philosophy and theory as basic disciplines in Harvard University’s government curriculum, where he was Professor of government, from 1910 to 1955. Among his students were John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger and Henry Cabot Lodge.[1]

In 1949, he assisted Chiang Kai-shek in the drafting of a constitution for the Republic of China. In 1955, he retired as Eaton Professor of the Sciences of Government to become chairman of the Committee to Study the Organization of Peace, an affiliate of the American Association for the United Nations.

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