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Marsh, Frank Burr (1880–1940)

P. M. Batchelder Biography Entry

Frank Burr Marsh, historian and university professor, was born in Big Rapids, Michigan, on March 4, 1880, the son of Edwin Johnson and Alma Lucia (Burr) Marsh. He attended the University of Michigan, where he took his B.A. degree in 1902 and his Ph.D. in 1906, and the University of Paris, where he did one year of graduate study (1902–03). After serving for seven years as a history instructor at the University of Michigan, he moved in 1910 to the University of Texas. He was promoted to professor in 1926. Marsh became one of the outstanding American scholars in his field; his publications included English Rule in Gascony (1912), The Founding of the Roman Empire (1922, rev. 1927), The Reign of Tiberius (1931), A History of the Roman World from 146 to 30 B.C. (1933), and (with H. J. Leon) Tacitus and Selections from His Works (1936); he also wrote numerous articles and reviews. Among the honors he received were membership in the Royal Historical Society and election to one of the annual research professorships at the University of Texas. He was known as an effective teacher and a bright conversationalist. He died a bachelor in Dallas on May 31, 1940, and was buried in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Carl John Eckhardt, One Hundred Faithful to the University of Texas at Austin (197-?). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.


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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

P. M. Batchelder, “Marsh, Frank Burr,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 26, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995