Ray Allen Billington (Ray Allen Billington)

Ray Allen Billington

Educator, historian and author. Billington held two Ph.D. degrees (University of Wisconsin 1926, and Harvard University 1933), taught at several universities in the U.S. served as a professor at Oxford University in England. He retired from his teaching career in 1960 and became the Senior Research Associate at the renowned Huntington Library. He wrote more than 25 historical books about the West and won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for his book, America’s Frontier Heritage. His final book, Limericks: Hysterical and Historical, was published posthumously and deals with frontier humor. Some of his other books were The Protestant Crusade (1938), Western Expansion: A History of the American Frontier (1949), American History After 1865 (1950 with revisions), The Far Western Frontier (1956), Westward Movement in the United States (1959), The Frontier Thesis (1966), The Genesis of the Frontier Thesis (1971), and Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Teacher, Scholar. (bio by: Shiver) Cause of death: Heart attack


  • September, 28, 1903
  • USA


  • March, 03, 1981
  • USA

Cause of Death

  • Heart attack


  • Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum
  • California
  • USA

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