Melvin Patrick Ely

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Melvin Patrick Ely (born 1952 in Richmond) is an American historian.


The family name rhymes with really.[1] He grew up in Richmond and graduated from Princeton University, and from the University of Texas at Austin with a master's degree in linguistics, and from Princeton University with a master's degree in history in 1982 and with a doctoral degree in 1985.[2] He taught at Yale University, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary.[3]


  • 2005 Bancroft Prize
  • 1998-1999 Fulbright Professor of American Studies



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