Ray Allen Billington

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Ray Allen Billington (September 28, 1903 – March 7, 1981) was an American historian. He was born in Bay City, Michigan and died in San Marino, California.


Billington studied at the University of Michigan, but was expelled. He held two Ph.D. degrees from University of Wisconsin 1926, and Harvard University 1933. He taught at Clark University, Smith College, Northwestern University, and served as a professor at Oxford University. He retired from his teaching career in 1964 and became the Senior Research Associate at the Huntington Library. He married Mabel R. Crotty; they had two children.[1]

The Ray Allen Billington Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American frontier history.[2] Occidental College has begun a search for the Ray Allen Billington Distinguished Visiting Professor in U.S. History.[3]




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