Jack L. Hammersmith hen James Morton Callahan joined the faculty at West Virginia University in the fall of 1902, he did so as associate professor of European history, a position which more accurately reflected the needs of the institution than the academic preparation of the historian himself. Callahan, with a doctorate earned in 1897 from the highly acclaimed graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, was, at age thirty-seven, already well published with four major books in print. Yet once Callahan accepted a position at WVU, he quickly began turning to his more immediate environment for student topics as well as his own professional development, and, during the first three decades of his nearly forty years at the university, he would develop into a leading state historian, one whose research and publications were dominated by West Virginia subjects. His conversion was never complete, and in the last years of his career he reverted to diplomatic studies with major publications on U.S. relations with Mexico and Canada. During the lengthiest and most significant part of his academic life, however, the press of administrative duties as well as the lure of scholarly and economic opportunities created for him as much of
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Mar 31, 2011
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