William Freeman Galpin, Ph.D.
the son of the Rev. and Mrs. William Galpin. He
received a B.A. degree from Northwestern
University in 1913, an M.A. degree in history from
Northwestern in 1914, and a Ph.D. from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1917. He also was a
Yale Fellow from 1914 to 1915 and a Harrison
Fellow in 1926.
After teaching at several universities, he served as
Chair of the history department at Syracuse
University from 1948 to 1951, retiring from SU in
1956. Dr. Galpin was widely known as an author
and historian. In 1927, he received the coveted
Herbert Baxter Adams award to the American Historical Society. He authored books on the history of Syracuse University and Upstate New York.
Professor Galpin was active in various professional organizations. He also served as a major in the U.S. Army from 1918 to 1919. An active member of the Episcopal Church, he served there in various leadership roles. He and his wife, Gladys, had two daughters and four grandchildren. He passed away in 1963.