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Lew Allen Chase

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Lew Allen Chase (Nov. 13, 1879-May 21, 1957) was a historian of Michigan.

Chase was born in Elsie, Michigan, and suffered from congenital blindness. He was enrolled in the Michigan School for the Blind and graduate in 1901 from Lansing High School. In 1903, he married Charlotte Pearce. He then attended the University of Michigan from where he graduated with a B.A. in 1910 and an M.A. in history in 1911. He was able to complete his college coursework through the generosity of his wife and classmates who would read to him the assigned texts and other research items. After graduation, he found work as a high school teacher at Hancock and Houghton High Schools (1911-1919) and then was hired as a professor of history at Northern Michigan College?Northern Michigan UniversityEducationAcademic in Marquette, Michigan. He served as department chair until 1944 and retired in 1945.1

He authored two books on Michigan and numerous articles.

Chase was a member and president of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, the Michigan Historical CommissionMichigan Historical Commission and the State Historical Society of Michigan?State Historical Society of Michigan. He was a member and secretary of the Marquette County Historical Society and a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Historical Association, the Missouri Historical Society and the Library of Congress Advisory Committee on Books for the Blind.

Biography at Bentley Historical Collections


Chase, Lew Allen. "Michigan and the Early History of Transportation East and West." The Magazine of History 13, no. 4 (April 1911): 165-179.

Chase, Lew Allen. "Michigan's Share in the Establishment of Improved Transportation between the East and the West." Historical Collections 38 (Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, 1912): 589-609.

Chase, Lew Allen. The Government of Michigan. New York: Scribner, 1919.

Chase, Lew Allen. Rural Michigan. Rural State and Province Series. New York: Macmillan, 1922.

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1. The department of history merged with the department of social sciences in 1940, and Chase continued as chair of the merged department.

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