College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Faculty Bio

Grant, H. Roger

Grant, H. Roger

Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor; Centennial Professor (2004-2006)

Office: 226 Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-5371

Ph.D., University of Missouri (1970)

H. Roger Grant came to Clemson in 1996 from The University of Akron, where he had been teaching since 1970. A specialist in U.S. history and especially the Populist-Progressive era, he is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on transportation history and American railroads. He has written or edited 29 books; his most recent are Twilight Rails: The Final Era of Railroad Building in the Midwest (2010) and A Young Dutchman Views Post-Civil War America: Diary of Claude August Commelin (with Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr.).

Twice recognized by Clemson with awards for excellence in research, and more recently as the University's Centennial Professor, Grant was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by his undergraduate alma mater, Simpson College, in 2002. During the spring semester 2005 Grant served as the Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He was awarded the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professorship in 2006. Grant’s next book, The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South, will be published in spring 2013 by Indiana University Press. His current book project is a history of the Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation. Grant serves as president of the international professional organization, the Lexington Group in Transportation History.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Railroads and the American People (2012).

Twilight Rails: The Final Era of Railroad Building in the Midwest (2010).

Visionary Railroader: Jervis Langdon Jr. and the Transportation Revolution. Indiana University Press, 2008.

Rails Through the Wiregrass: A History of the Georgia and Florida Railroad. Northern Illinois University Press, 2006.

The Railroad: The Life Story of a Technology (2005).

Follow the Flag: A History of the Wabash Railroad Company. Northern Illinois University Press, 2004.

Getting Around: Exploring Transportation History (2003).

Iowa Railroads: The Essays of Frank P. Donovan, Jr. (2000).

Ohio on the Move: Transportation in the Buckeye State (2000).

The North Western: A History of the Chicago & North Western Railway. Northern Illinois University Press, 1996.

Erie Lackawanna: Death of An American Railroad (1994).

Living in the Depot: The Two-Story Railroad Station (1993).

Brownie the Boomer: The Life of Charles P. Brown, An American Railroader (1991).

Spirit Fruit: A Gentle Utopia (1988).

The Corn Belt Route: A History of the Chicago Great Western Railroad Company (1984).

Self-Help in the 1890s Depression (1983).

Insurance Reform: Consumer Action in the Progressive Era (1979).