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LINDLEY MILLER KEASBEY
Lindley Miller Keasbey, retired professor of government, died on September 17, 1946. He was 79.
Professor Keasbey was born on February 24, 1867, in Newark, New Jersey. His father served under President Abraham Lincoln as the United States Attorney for New Jersey. Professor Keasbey received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1888. He earned master's and PhD degrees from Columbia University in 1889 and 1890, respectively.
From 1892 to 1894 he taught at the University of Colorado, where he was also chairman of the Department of Political Science. From 1894 until 1905 he taught at Bryn Mawr College. In 1905 he joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin as chairman of the government department. One of his students, Walter Prescott Webb, later became a foremost historian of the American West. In 1909 Professor Keasbey was made head of the Department of Institutional History after being removed from the Department of Government due to criticism that his political views were too radical.
In 1917 he helped organize the People's Council of America, an organization that opposed the entry of the United States into World War I. The board of regents protested Professor Keasbey's political activities and fired him when he refused to defend his position before them.
Professor Keasbey published, first in German and later in English, The Nicaragua Canal and the Monroe Doctrine (1896). He translated and published Achille Loria's The Economic Foundations of Society (1899). He later wrote Three Worlds in One, a personal account of his philosophical views after his conversion to Catholicism.
The papers of Professor Keasbey were donated to the University in the mid-1970s. They are housed at the
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.