James K. Martin '65

James Kirby Martin graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in history from Hiram College in 1965.  While at Hiram, Dr. Martin was a member of the men's soccer team, Student Senate, Theta Phi Kappa, was President of the Interclub Council, a member of the Alpha Society and Omicron Delta Kappa.  He was also inducted into Hiram's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  James received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1967 and 1969, respectively.

Dr. Martin is committed to a career in academe beginning as an Assistant Professor of History at Douglass in 1969 after receiving his Ph.D. and became Associate Professor of history there in 1973.  In 1977 he became Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers University.  Since 1980, he has been Professor of History at the University of Houston.

He has published extensively and is regarded as one of the country's experts on the American Revolutionary Era. To date, Dr. Martin has several books to his credit, has consulted on television programs and films regarding the revolutionary era, has been invited to be a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has won numerous national and collegiate awards for his competency as a scholar.

In 1995, Professor Wil Hoffman considered Dr. Martin to be the best and most productive historian to have graduated from Hiram College during the past 30 years. His successful career after Hiram has made him the 1996 Hiram College Alumni Achievement award winner.

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