Richard Patrick McCormick

Richard Patrick McCormick

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Richard Patrick McCormick (24 December 1916 – 16 January 2006) was a historian, former University Professor of History, administrator, professor emeritus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and President of the New Jersey Historical Society. Dr. McCormick was internationally recognized for his expertise in New Jersey and early American political history.


Born in Queens, New York, on 24 December 1916, McCormick graduated from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, New Jersey in 1933.

McCormick received a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in History from Rutgers College of Rutgers University in 1938 and proceeded to earn a Master of Arts (A.M.) from Rutgers' Graduate School in 1940. During his undergraduate years, McCormick was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 1948 from the University of Pennsylvania submitting a dissertation entitled Experiment in Independence: New Jersey in the Critical Period, 1781-1789 which would be edited for his first monograph.

In 1945, he began teaching at Rutgers University in the department of history. From 1961-1962, Dr. McCormick was appointed a fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In August 1945, Richard P. McCormick married Katheryne Levis in Baltimore, Maryland whom he met at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware while teaching Army Specialized Training Reserve Program in 1944.

McCormick was chair of the Rutgers College history department...
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