Historian; University professor. Born– August 25, 1890, Collirene (Lowndes County).  Parents– Thomas Hines and Anne (Rast) Abernethy. Married– Ida Erckman Robertson, December 6, 1917. Education– College of Charleston, A.B., 1912; Harvard University, M.A., 1915, Ph.D., 1922.  Military service, U.S. Army, World War I. Taught at Marion Institute, 1912-1914 and 1919; Women’s College of Alabama, 1916-1917; Vanderbilt University, 1921; University of Chattanooga, 1922-1928; University of Alabama, 1928-1930; University of Virginia, Richmond Alumni Professor of History, 1930-1961; University of Texas, 1961-1962; University of Arizona, 1963-1964.  Contributed to many professional journals and anthologies. Member American Historical Society; founder and president, Southern Historical Society; member Virginia Historical Society. Honors; Litt. D., Washington and Lee University, 1947; Phi Beta Kappa Award for best historical work, 1961, for The South in the New Nation.  Honored by a festschrift entitled The Old Dominion; Essays for Thomas Perkins Abernethy, edited by Darrett B. Rutman.  Died Charlottesville, Virginia, November 12, 1975.


American Authors and Books; the Dictionary of Alabama Biography; and Contemporary Authors Online.


The Antecedents of the Abernethy Family in Scotland, Virginia, Old Alabama. Charlottesville, Va.; s.n., 1966.

The Burr Conspiracy. New York; Oxford University Press, 1954.

The Formative Period in Alabama, 1815-1928. Montgomery, Ala.; Brown Printing Co., 1922.

From Frontier to Plantation in Tennessee; a Study in Frontier Democracy. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1932.

Historical Sketches of the University of Virginia. New York; Appleton Century, 1937.

Notes and Suggestions, Commercial Activities of Silas Deane in France. S.l.; s.n., 1934.

The South in the New Nation, 1789-1819. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1961.

Southern Frontiers of the War of 1812.  Tuscaloosa; University of Alabama Press, 1967.

Three Virginia Frontiers. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1940.

Western Lands and the American Revolution. Charlottesville, Va.; University of Virginia, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, 1937.


The Pursuit of Southern History.  LSU Press, 1964.


Jefferson, Thomas.  Notes on the State of Virginia.  New York; Harper and Row, 1964.


Bugg, James L., ed.  Jacksonian Democracy; Myth or Reality.  New York; Holt, 1962.

Jones, Edward T. The American Plutarch. New York; Scribner, 1964.

Wyman, Walker D. and Kroeber, Clifton B., eds., The Frontier in Perspective.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press, 1957.


The papers of Thomas Perkins Abernethy (including professional and personal material) are held in the Special Collections of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.