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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Francis McDermott  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1902, St. Louis County, Missouri

Died: 1981, St. Louis County, Missouri

-- John Francis McDermott on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author taught at SIU Edwardsville

Biographical and Professional Information

John Francis McDermott was a noted author and professor of American History at Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville (SIU-E). During his tenure there, he taught thousands of students at the new university campus during its "start-up" phase in the late 1950's and 1960's. He was instrumental in documenting many regional historical studies, among them the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the Founding of St. Louis in 1764 (he himself was a descendant of Auguste Chouteau, founder of the City of St. Louis).

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Seth Eastman's Mississippi: A Lost Portfolio Recovered
ISBN: 0252001923

University of Illinois Press. 1973

Clean crisp tight unmarked copy with very little wear and a lightly chipped dust jacket

George Caleb Bingham: River Portraitist
ISBN: 0806104465

University of Oklahoma Press. 1959

BINGHAM,GEORGE CALEB MCDERMOTT, JOHN FRANCIS. GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM, RIVER PORTRAITIST. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1959 , tall 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. xxviii, 454 pages. $35.00 First edition. Biography of this American painter of 19th century American life. First edition. Biography of this American painter of 19th century American life. xxviii, 454 pages. cloth, dust jacket.. tall 8vo..

Tixier's Travels On The Osage Prairies
ISBN: 1406773557

Pratt Press. 2007

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Western Journals of Dr. George Hunter, 1796-1805.
ISBN: B0006D7F72

American Philosophical Society. 1963

The Frontier Re-Examined (First Edition)
ISBN: 0252724917

University of Illinois Press. 1967

Frenchmen and French ways in the Mississippi Valley
ISBN: 0252784111

University of Illinois Press. 1969

A study of Frenchmen and French Ways in the Mississippi Valley

Before Mark Twain: A Sampler of Old, Old Times on the Mississippi (Shawnee Classics)
ISBN: 0809321912

Southern Illinois University Press. 1998

This text is a sampler of informative stories and descriptions of the kaleidoscopic life of the Mississippi before Mark Twain travelled the river. It includes discussions of the crafts that plied the river, life on the river and descriptions of famous towns along the river.

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