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Davis, Kenneth S. (1912-1999) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Davis, Kenneth S. (1912-1999)

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1912                Sep 29, born in Salina, Kansas

1934                Editor, The Mirror, Kansas State College Graduated from Kansas State College with a degree in Agricultural Journalism; a member of Phi Kappa Phi; received the Capper Award for the best journalistic writing of the year; won scholarship to University of Wisconsin; reporter for Daily Capital, Topeka, KS

1935                Jun 24, Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Journalism from University of Wisconsin

1935-1940       Associate Information Specialist Soil Conservation Service, USDA, Upper Missouri Valley Region

1937                Feb 19, Married Florence Marie Olenhouse

1942-1943       Editor of the plant newspaper at Hercules Powder Company, Louisiana, Missouri

1943                Mar, won Friends of American Writers Award for In the Forests of the Night, 1942

1944                Jan 17, employed as temporary instructor in the Department of Industrial Journalism and Printing at Kansas State College; elected associate editor of the Kansas Magazine Mar 31, resigned position as temporary instructor in the Department of Industrial Journalism and Printing; signed contract with Doubleday Doran Publishing Company to write a biography of General Dwight Eisenhower; war correspondent attached to SHAEF by Doubleday and Company, New York City and assigned to London and Normandy during World War II

1945                Biography of General Dwight Eisenhower appears in the July issue of the American Magazine

1945-1946       New York University, Instructor of Journalism

1946-1947       Kansas State College, half-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Journalism and Printing; part-time College editor; part-time federal appointment as assistant to President Milton Eisenhower in his capacity as chairman of the United States national commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); member of the UNESCO staff of the State Department

1948                Lecture, Kansas State College Recreation Center titled, “United States and Russia in World Politics”

1949                Jun 20-25, in charge of the third annual Missouri writers workshop at Missouri University, Columbia; half-time College Editor; federal appointment ended

1951                May, resigned as College Editor to devote full time to writing

1955-1956       Member of Presidential Candidate Adlai E. Stevenson personal staff in Chicago, as speech writer and advisor

1955-1959       Editor Newberry Library Bulletin, Newberry Library, Chicago

1959                Moved to Princeton, Massachusetts

1960                May 27, Honorable Mention, Thormod Monsen Award for The Hero, Charles A. Lindbergh and the American Dream

1962                Became member of The Century Club in New York.  His membership was promoted by Adlai E. Stevenson

1963                Centennial Award for Distinguished Service to Kansas State University           

1968                Jun 08, Honorary Doctors of Letters, Assumption College

1973                Received Francis Parkman Prize for FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928

1974                Listed on page 89 of Directory of Fellows 1925-1974, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as a Fellow

1975                Moved back to Kansas to work on the book Kansas: A History, commissioned by the American Association for State and Local History during the United States Bicentennial; Apr 01, elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Kansas State University

1976                Clark University, taught The Art of Biography

1977                Kansas State University, visiting professor, History of Journalism and History Seminar; Achievement Award from the Kansas Authors’ Club

1986                Apr 26, Certificate of Recognition from the State of Kansas

1987                First wife, Florence Olenhouse Davis, passed away

1990                Jul 21, Married second wife, Jean Stafford Dormer Davis

1991                Clark University, taught Magazine Article Writing

1992                Returned to live in Manhattan, Kansas to be near his beloved Flint Hills

1994                Sep 29, named adjunct professor in the Department of History at Kansas State University by vote of the department faculty and with the concurrence and approval of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

1997                Participant in FDR Symposium sponsored by the K-State Department of History

1999                Jun 10, died of cancer in Madison, Wisconsin at age 86

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