Roseboom, Eugene Holloway

Born: November 29, 1892
Died: September 1984

Ohio connection: Birth


Eugene Holloway Roseboom, son of Emerson Beard and Sarah Alice (Miller) Roseboom, was born in 1892 in Frankfort, Ohio. He received a B.A. in 1914, and an M.A. in 1916, both from Ohio State University. He taught high school classes in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, from 1916 until 1918, after which he served in the U.S. Army from 1918 to 1919. Upon his return from military duty, he became an instructor at Ohio State University, a position he held until he moved to Harvard University to become an instructor in 1922. He returned to Ohio State in 1923, where he spent the rest of his career serving as assistant, associate, and professor of history. While at Ohio State, he married Thelma Matheny in 1925 and they had two children together, Eugene, Jr. and Marjorie. Roseboom taught at Ohio State until 1963, when he retired and was named professor emeritus.

He was the author of four non-fiction books: Ohio in the Presidential Election of 1924; A History of Ohio (with Francis P. Weisenburger); The Civil War Era (Volume IV of The History of the State of Ohio); and A History of Presidential Elections (first published in 1957, with three updated editions to follow, in 1964, 1970, and 1979). He was also a contributor to Encyclopaedia BritannicaEncyclopedia AmericanaCollier`s EncyclopediaDictionary of American HistoryDictionary of American Biography, and a number of professional journals. He was on the board of editors of the Mississippi Valley Historical Review. He was a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Agricultural History Society, the Ohio Historical Association, the Ohio Academy of History, and the Civil War Round Table. Eugene Holloway Roseboom died in September, 1984 in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio Academy of History Award, 1957.