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hD, Columbia University

Executive Secretary, American Historical Association; Editor-in-Chief, Compton's Pictorial Encyclopedia

Author of: Hanover and Prussia, 1795–1803 (1903); Stein and the Era of Reform in Prussia, 1807–1815 (1922); and On and Off Campus (1938)

Guy Stanton Ford earned his doctorate at Columbia University in 1903 with his dissertation Hanover and Prussia, 1795-1803: A Study in Neutrality. He worked as a faculty member at Yale University and the University of Illinois before transferring to the University of Minnesota in 1913 as a professor of history. During his professorship at the University of Minnesota, he also served as the dean of the Graduate School for 25 years and was able to make faculty recommendations and usher the university into its current research-driven status. He became the sixth president of the University of Minnesota in 1938. He is credited with many achievements during this time at the university, including founding the University of Minnesota Press and establishing a co-ed student union.

Ford also was active in World War I. While at the University of Minnesota, he took a leave of absence to work with the Division of Civic and Educational Publications of the Committee on Information and, when the war ended, he assisted with efforts to support German libraries.

After leaving the University of Minnesota in 1941, he worked as Editor of American Historical Review and served as executive secretary of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC. Today, the University of Minnesota holds the Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture every 2 years to recognize renowned scholars in a variety of fields, honoring Ford’s own belief in the equality of all disciplines.
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