Timeline – 1925 – UW History’s First Pulitzer Prize

UW Digital Collections Frederic L. Paxson, ca. 1910-1920.
Frederic L. Paxson, ca. 1910-1920. Photo provided by UW Digital Collections.

Reinforcing the UW’s preeminence in the history of the American West, UW historian Frederic L. Paxson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1925 for his History of the American Frontier, 1763-1893 (1924).

Paxson joined the faculty in 1910 when Frederick Jackson Turner left for Harvard. He taught the history of the American West and recent U.S. history at the UW until 1932, when he moved to the University of California, Berkeley.

The first Pulitzer Prize in History was awarded in 1917. The full list of winners is available online.

Source: History Department File, UW-Madison Archives, Madison, Wisconsin; UW Course Catalog, 1931-1932 (pdf), 162; Frederic L. Paxson, Wikipedia.