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William M. Fowler, Jr. papers

 Collection
Identifier: M119

Overview

William Morgan Fowler, Jr. was born on July 25, 1944 in Clearwater, FL. He received his B.A. from Northeastern University in 1967, married Marilyn Louise Noble on August 11, 1968, and received a Master's degree in 1969 and a Ph. D. in 1971 from University of Notre Dame. Fowler was a history professor at Northeastern University from 1971 until 1998, when he resigned as the History Department Chair to become the Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society for 8 years. In 2006, he returned to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History. His area of expertise is New England Maritime History. Other areas of interest include the history of the French and Indian War, The Seven Years War and the Struggle for North America. During his career at Northeastern University, Fowler served on several important committees, including University Library Planning Committee, Centennial Celebration, and The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Steering Committee.

Dates

  • 1976-2000

Creator

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Historical Note

William Morgan Fowler, Jr. was born on July 25, 1944 in Clearwater, FL. He received his B.A. from Northeastern University in 1967, married Marilyn Louise Noble on August 11, 1968, and received a Master's degree in 1969 and a Ph. D. in 1971 from University of Notre Dame. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary degree from Northeastern University. Fowler became an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University in 1971 and was named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1977. In 1988, he was named the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education. In 1993, he became the Chair of the Department of History, a position he held for four years. During Fowler's tenure as a professor at Northeastern University, he was also a member of several important committees, including University Library Planning Committee, Centennial Celebration Committee, and The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Steering Committee. In 1998, Fowler left Northeastern University to become the director of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He held the position for 8 years, resigning in January 2006 to return to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History.

Fowler is the author of a of a number of books dealing with American history including: Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War; Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides; America and The Sea; William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord of Admiralty; Rebels Under Sail: The Navy in the Revolution; Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815; and Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan. Fowler's area of expertise is New England Maritime History. Other areas of interest include the history of the French and Indian War, The Seven Years War and the Struggle for North America. Fowler has taught courses at Northeastern University dealing with: the History of Boston, Maritime History, and the History of New England. He also teaches at Mystic Seaport Museum and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval War College, and the Sea Education Association. He is a trustee of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Association, The Paul Revere Memorial Association, and the Old North Church Foundation. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Archives Advisory Commission and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, as well as a Consulting Editor to The New England Quarterly.

Chronology

  • July 25, 1944 William Morgan Fowler, Jr. is born in Clearwater, FL.
  • 1967 Fowler graduates from Northeastern University magna cum laude with a bachelor degree in History.
  • August 11, 1968 Fowler marries Marilyn Louise Noble, an elementary teacher who he has two children with.
  • 1969 Fowler receives a Master's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
  • 1971 Fowler receives a Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame and becomes an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University.
  • 1973 Publishes William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord Admiralty, Scarecrow (Metuchen, NJ).
  • 1976 Publishes Rebels under Sail: The American Navy during the Revolution, Scribner (New York City) for which he is highly praised and awarded.
  • 1977 Fowler is named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is named one of Boston's Top Best Teachers.
  • 1979 Fowler co-edits The American Revolution: Changing Perspectives, Northeastern University Press (Boston).
  • 1980 Publishes The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock, Houghton (Boston).
  • 1984 Publishes Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815, Houghton (Boston).
  • 1985 Contributes to Command under Sail: Makers of Naval Traditions, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD).
  • 1988 Fowler is named the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education.
  • 1990 Publishes Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War, Norton (New York City).
  • 1993 Fowler is named the Chair of the Department of History; he holds this position for four years.
  • 1995 Publishes Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides, Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT).
  • 1998 Fowler becomes the Director of the MA Historical Society, a position he held for 8 years.
  • 2006 Fowler returns to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History.
July 25, 1944
William Morgan Fowler, Jr. is born in Clearwater, FL.
1967
Fowler graduates from Northeastern University magna cum laude with a bachelor degree in History.
August 11, 1968
Fowler marries Marilyn Louise Noble, an elementary teacher who he has two children with.
1969
Fowler receives a Master's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
1971
Fowler receives a Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame and becomes an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University.
1973
Publishes William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord Admiralty, Scarecrow (Metuchen, NJ).
1976
Publishes Rebels under Sail: The American Navy during the Revolution, Scribner (New York City) for which he is highly praised and awarded.
1977
Fowler is named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is named one of Boston's Top Best Teachers.
1979
Fowler co-edits The American Revolution: Changing Perspectives, Northeastern University Press (Boston).
1980
Publishes The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock, Houghton (Boston).
1984
Publishes Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815, Houghton (Boston).
1985
Contributes to Command under Sail: Makers of Naval Traditions, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD).
1988
Fowler is named the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education.
1990
Publishes Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War, Norton (New York City).
1993
Fowler is named the Chair of the Department of History; he holds this position for four years.
1995
Publishes Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides, Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT).
1998
Fowler becomes the Director of the MA Historical Society, a position he held for 8 years.
2006
Fowler returns to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History.

Extent

1.5 cubic feet (3 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

60/4

Bibliography

  • Northeastern University Department of History website: http://www.history.neu.edu/
  • Northeastern University Alumni Website: http://www.northeastern.edu/alumni/awardwinners.html
  • Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biographical Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006. http://galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
Title
Finding aid for the William M. Fowler, Jr. Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Stacy Pirog
Date
March 2006
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Northeastern University
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Boston MA 02115 US