Historian; college professor. Born– Dec. 6, 1904 in Wetumpka, Ala. Parents– Walther Elihu and Lucy (McCoy) Thomas. Married– Margaret McWhinney, May 28, 1939. Children– One. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1925,  M.A., 1929; postgraduate work at University of Chicago; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1934.   Taught history in public and private schools in Alabama, 1925-1930; Butler University, 1930-1931; University of Alabama, 1935-1936; University of Pennsylvania, 1936-1938; Temple University, 1938-1940; University of Rhode Island, 1940-1974; visiting summer professor at University of Alabama, Emory University, and University of Pennsylvania. Contributed articles to historical journals. Member American Historical Association, New England History Teachers Association, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Beta Kappa.  Awarded the rank of Officier, Ordre e Leopold II, by the King of Belgium.  Fulbright Research Fellow, 1960-61.  President of the Board of Trustees of the Kingston Free Library, 1956-74.

Died April 5, 1999.


Contemporary Authors online.


Fort Toulouse, the French Outpost at the Alibamos on the Coosa. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama State Dept. of Archives and History, 1960.

The Guarantee of Belgian Independence and Neutrality in European Diplomacy, 1830’s-1930’s.  D. H. Thomas, 1985.


Guide to the Diplomatic Archives of Western Europe. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press, 1959.


Diplomacy in an Age of Nationalism.  Nijhoff, 1971.