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Jonathan Mills Thornton III, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Thornton has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of higher education

    MONTGOMERY, AL November 02, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Jonathan Mills Thornton III, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Thornton celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Officially retiring in 2010, Dr. Thornton is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Michigan who spent 39 years in the classroom and enjoyed a wonderful career teaching the future leaders of tomorrow. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree with high honors from Princeton University in 1966, he went on to graduate school at Yale University, where he received a PhD in 1974. That same year, he accepted an offer to begin teaching at UM. Beginning as an assistant professor and working his way up to a full-professor in just eight years, Dr. Thornton's strong interest in history steered him to become a widely recognized expert in the history of the American south.

In addition to his teachings at UM, Dr. Thornton was a Pitt Professor of American History at Cambridge University in England, a position he held from 2007 to 2008, as well as a former fellow of Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars in Washington from 1994 to 1995. He authored three history books, including "Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800-1860," which was the recipient of a 1978 John H. Dunning Prize by the American Historical Association. "Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma" received a 2003 Liberty Legacy Foundation Prize by The Organization of American Historians. His collection of essays, " Archipelagoes of My South: Episodes in the Shaping of a Region, 1830-1965" appeared in 2016.

A Guggenheim Foundation fellow from 1978 to 1979 and a Danforth Foundation fellow from 1966 to 1974, Dr. Thornton has been included in Who's Who in America five times in the past seven years. He is also a longstanding member of The Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. He has been married to his wife, Brenda Booth, since January 1985.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Jonathan Mills Thornton III, PhD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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