Dixon Ryan Fox

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Dixon Ryan Fox, circa 1932

Dixon Ryan Fox (1887 in Potsdam, New York – 1945) was an American educator, researcher, and president of Union College from 1934-45.

Fox graduated from New York University,[1] where he was a member of the Andiron Club.[2]

He took his PhD in history at Columbia University where he was influenced by James Harvey Robinson, Charles A. Beard and Herbert L. Osgood. He married Osgood's daughter and taught at Columbia from 1912 to the mid-1930s.

His academic work focused on social history and American social, political and economic elite and power structures, especially as it relates to immigration, ethnic conflict and national identity.[3]

Fox's publications have been reprinted due to their prescient nature, including The Decline of Aristocracy in the Politics of New York (1919, repr. 1971); a biography of Herbert L. Osgood (his father-in-law); and Yankees and Yorkers (1940, 1989). With Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., he was editor of the “A History of American Life” series. The Completion of Independence, 1790–1830, (1944, repr. 1971, 1996).[4]


  1. ^ Albion, Robert G. (1933). "Review: New York in the Critical Period, 1783-1789 by E. Wilder Spaulding; New York in the Confederation: An Economic Study by Thomas C. Cochran; Expansion in New York, with Especial Reference to the Eighteenth Century by Ruth L. Higgins". American Historical Review. 39 (1): 135–138. JSTOR 1839258.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2007-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Dixon Ryan Fox at www.union.edu
  4. ^ Dixon Ryan Fox - FREE Dixon Ryan Fox Biography | Encyclopedia.com: Facts, Pictures, Information! at www.encyclopedia.com

Further reading[edit]

  • Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. (1998). "Dixon Ryan Fox". New York History. 79 (1): 57–60. JSTOR 23182290.