Earl S. Pomeroy

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Earl S. Pomeroy was an American historian. Born in Capitola, California, he received his B.A. from San Jose State College in 1936. He attended the University of California, Berkeley for graduate work, receiving his Ph.D. in 1940 under the direction of Frederic L. Paxson.[1]

From 1942 to 1945, he taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1945, he moved to Ohio State University, where he remained until 1949. In that year, he accepted a position at the University of Oregon, where he remained until 1986. He served as the Beekman Professor of History at Oregon.[2] He served on the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee. In his time at Oregon, he oversaw 20 doctoral dissertations.[3] These included those of Thomas R. Cox, Wallace Farnham, John Gimbel, Gene M. Gressley, James E. Hendrickson, Richard Ruetten, Peter Simpson,[disambiguation needed] Jacob H. Dorn, and M. S. van Kataramini.

Pomeroy did not stay at Oregon forever however. In 1976 he accepted an appointment at the University of California, San Diego, where he remained until his retirement in 1986.

Scholarly Influence[edit]

Awards and Prizes[edit]

  • 1942 Beveridge Prize from the American Historian Association (awarded to fund publication of The Territories and the United States)
  • 1956 Guggenheim Fellowship for U.S. History
  • 1971 President, Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association
  • 1993 President, Western Historical Association



  1. ^ Howard Lamar, "Earl Pomeroy, Historian's Historian," Pacific Historical Review Vol. 56, No. 4 (November 1987): 546-560.
  2. ^ Lamar, "Earl Pomeroy," p. 557.
  3. ^ Lamar, "Earl Pomeroy," p. 557 n. 40