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John Andrew Himes was born June 3, 1848 in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1870 and attended Yale University the following year. He held the position of Instructor of Physics at the College from 1871 to 1872 and was tutor at the preparatory department from 1871 until 1873, when the Board of Trustees named him Acting Graeff Professor of English Literature and Political Science in June of that year, a position he held until retiring in 1914. Prior to his retirement, he was considered to be one of the country's better known authorities on John Milton. Some of his more popular works include A Study of Milton's Paradise Lost, 1878 and Milton's Paradise Lost, its Structure and Meaning, 1898. He died on August 11, 1923.

This collection consists entirely of materials related to Himes's academic career, first as a student at Gettysburg College, then as an instructor.

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Publication Date

January 2002


Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania College, professor, John Milton


Cultural History | History | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-035: John A. Himes Collection