Historian, educator, editor. Born– September 30, 1927, Bethel, N.C. Parents– Ollen and Eva E. (Highsmith) Burnette. Married– Elizabeth Tull, August 15, 1951. Children– Five. Married Jeanne A. MacRitchie, June 10, 2000.  Education– University of Richmond, B.A.; University of Virginia, M.A., 1948, Ph.D., 1952. U. S. Navy, 1945-47. Taught at Petersburg, Virginia, High School, 1948-1949, and Virginia Military Institute, 1951-1953; field editor for Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953-1957; book editor for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1957-1963; research professor of history, Birmingham-Southern College, 1963-1972; dean of faculty and research professor of history, Stratford College, 1972-1974; executive director of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, 1975-80; Assistant to the Superintendent, Virginia Military Academy, 1981-86. Member Organization of American Historians; AAUP; Southern Historical Association; Alabama Coalition for Better Education. LLD, Southern Adventist College.


Contemporary Authors online; Marquis Who’s Who online.


Beneath the Footnote. Madison, Wisc.; State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1970.

Coastal Kingdom: A History of Baldwin County, Alabama.  2001.

Life in America. New York; Harper, 1964.

A Syllabus of American History. Madison, Wisc.; University of Wisconsin, 1960.


Readings on the Development of the American Constitution.  2005.

A Soviet View of the American Past.  Peter Smith, 1960.

Wisconsin Witness to Frederick Jackson Turner. Madison, Wisc.; State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1961.

Updated 2012-11-06.