Historian, college professor, administrator.  Born– March 18, 1901, in Martin Co., Ind. Parents– Jefferson D. and Emma (Horsey) Sanders. Married– Mary Purviance, June 6, 1923. Education– Franklin College of Indiana, A.B. 1923; University of Chicago, A.M., 1925, Ph.D. , 1928. Taught at Denison University, 1926-27; University of Chicago, 1928-30; University of Alabama, 1930-35; University of Tennessee, 1935-43; and University of Washington; president of Memphis State College, 1943-46;  specialist for U.S. Office of Education, 1948-59.  Served in U.S. Army Air Force, WWII. Received honorary LL.D. from Franklin College of Indiana, 1953. Died February 9, 1990.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Contemporary Authors online.


A College History of the United States. Evanston, Ill.; Row, Peterson, 1962.

Early American History (1492-1789); Political, Social, Economic. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice, Hall, 1938.

Evolution of the Executive Department of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1935.

General and Liberal Educational Content of Professional Curricula, No. 1 Pharmacy. Washington, D.C.; U.S. Office of Education, 1954.

Historical Interpretations and American Historianship. Yellow Springs; Antioch College Press, 1966.

Methods Used by College Social Science Departments to Improve Students’ Understanding of Post-World War II International Tensions. Washington, D.C.; Federal Security Agency, Office of Education, 1952.

The Presidency of the Continental Congress, 1774-89; a Study in American Institutional History. Decatur, Ga.; Dennis Lindsey Printing Co., 1930.

Social Science Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree; a Study of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology in General Education Requirements. Washington, D.C.; U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1959.