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Faculty Bio

Grant, H. Roger

Grant, H. Roger

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

Office: 226 Hardin Hall

Research Interests
American history, railroad history

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 33 academic books; his most recent are Railroads and the American People (2012), The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad: Dreams of Linking North and South (2014), Railroaders without Borders: A History of the Railroad Development Corporation (2015), Electric Interurbans and the American People (2016), and Rails to the Front: The Role of Railroads in Wartime (with A.J. Veenendaal Jr.) (2017).

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 spring semester 2005 Grant served as the Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Missouri–Rolla, today’s Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was awarded the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professorship in 2006. His latest book, John W. Barriger III: Railroad Legend, will be published in Spring 2018 by Indiana University Press. His current book projects are a social history of American transportation and a general history of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Grant serves as president of the international professional organization, the Lexington Group in Transportation History and is on the board of directors of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wisconsin, and the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library in St. Louis, Missouri.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Trains Magazine in its November 2015 issue named 75 people of the past 75 years that are worthy of recognition, including Professor Grant: “If there’s a chapter of railroad history that this scholar hasn’t researched, we don’t know what it is. He is currently a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina and former editor of Railroad History magazine. He has authored two dozen books and articles too numerous to count. Grant makes railroad history relevant to new generations."

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Rails to the Front: The Role of Railroads in Wartime (with A. J. Veenendaal, Jr.) (2017)

Electric Interurbans and the American People. Indiana University Press (2016).

Railroaders without Borders: A History of the Railroad Development Corporation (2015).

The Louisville, Cincinnati, & Charleston Railroad: Dreams of Linking North and South (2014).

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).