Allan Nevins

Allan Nevins
Joseph Allan Nevins

(1890-05-20)May 20, 1890
DiedMarch 5, 1971(1971-03-05) (aged 80)
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
Spouse(s)Mary Fleming Richardson
Scientific career
InstitutionsColumbia University
Doctoral studentsBernard Bellush

Joseph Allan Nevins[1] (May 20, 1890 – March 5, 1971) was an American historian and journalist, known for his extensive work on the history of the Civil War and his biographies of such figures as Grover Cleveland, Hamilton Fish, Henry Ford, and John D. Rockefeller, as well as his public service. He was a leading exponent of business history and oral history.

Early and family life and education

Nevins was born in Camp Point, Illinois, the son of Emma (née Stahl) and Joseph Allan Nevins, whom he later described as a stern Presbyterian farmer.[2][3][4][5] His father was of Scottish heritage and his mother German.[2] After education in local public schools, Nevins attended the University of Illinois, where he earned an M.A. in English in 1913.

He married Mary Fleming (Richardson) in 1916, and the couple had two daughters, Anne Elizabeth and Meredith.