Historian, agriculturalist, teacher. Born– Oct. 31, 1912, Hamlet, N.C. Parents– William Daniel and Etta Mary (Utley) Jordan. Married– Louise Elizabeth Riggan, Aug. 11, 1935. Children– Three. Education– North Carolina State College, B.S., 1933; Vanderbilt University, M.A., 1934, Ph.D., 1937; postdoctoral study, Graduate School, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1947, and Iowa State College, 1948. Taught in Kentucky, North Carolina, and at Judson College, 1938-1940; Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1941-1949; Florida State University,  1949-1968. Head of the FSU department of history, 1955-64. Received research grants for the study of pre-Civil War plantation practices, plantation medicine in the old South, and  Southern agriculture. Authored a number of articles and reviews. Member; Organization of American Historians; American Studies Association; American, Southern, Mississippi Valley, Alabama, and Florida historical associations; and others. Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Died November 22, 1968.


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Ante-Bellum Alabama; Town and Country. Tallahassee, Fla.; Florida State University, 1957.

George Washington Campbell of Tennessee– Western Statesman. Tallahassee, Fla.; Florida State University, 1955.

Herbs, Hoecakes, and Husbandry; the Daybook of a Planter of the Old South. Tallahassee, Fla.; Florida State University, 1960.

Hugh Davis and His Alabama Plantation. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1948.

North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865; a Roster. Raleigh, N.C.; State Dept. of Archives and History, 1966.

Rebels in the Making; Planters’ Conventions and Southern Propaganda. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Confederate Pub. Co., 1958.

The United States, 1783-1861; From Revolution to Civil War. New York; Pageant Press, 1964.


A collection of the papers of Weymouth Tyree Jordan is held by the library at Florida State University.