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  1. McMaster, John Bach McMaster(noun)

    United States historian who wrote a nine volume history of the people of the United States (1852-1932)

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  1. John Bach McMaster

    John Bach McMaster was an American historian. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, a native of New York, was a banker and planter at New Orleans at the beginning of the Civil War. He graduated from the college of the City of New York in 1872, worked as a civil engineer in 1873-1877, was instructor in civil engineering at Princeton University in 1877-1883, and in 1883 became professor of American history in the University of Pennsylvania. He is best known for his History of the People of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War, a valuable supplement to the more purely political writings of James Schouler, Von Holst and Henry Adams. He began working on it in 1873, having collected material since 1870. His A School History of the United States was an extremely popular textbook for many years. Besides these books and numerous magazine articles, he wrote Life of Benjamin Franklin in the "Men of Letters" series.

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