(June 21, 1842 – November 2, 1919) was an American political scientist
of the late 19th and early 20th century, specializing in the history of American political parties
, party systems
, and the Civil War
. He spent most of his professional career at his alma mater
, Grinnell College
Jesse Macy, the thirteenth of fourteen children, was born to Quaker
parents in Indiana
, but the family moved to central Iowa
in 1856 and started farming outside Lynnville
, near the newly-founded town of Grinnell
. At age 17, he entered Iowa College
, now Grinnell College. During the Civil War
, he served in the Union army
and he did not graduate until after the war, earning an A.B.
During the 1870s, Macy started what would become a long-term correspondence with James Bryce
, a noted British jurist and politician. In 1884, he completed his Ph.D.
at Johns Hopkins University
. The next year, he returned to the Midwest to take a professorship at Iowa College
. For the next forty-two years, Macy taught history and political science at the college.Macy, Jesse. Institutional Beginnings in a Western...