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Philip Alexander Bruce

Born: Mar 7, 1856

Death: Aug 16, 1933

Birthplace: Virginia

Nationality: United States

Philip Alexander Bruce

Date of Birth : Mar 7, 1856
Date of Death : Aug 16, 1933
Birth Place : Virginia

Philip Alexander Bruce was an American historian who specialized in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Author of over a dozen volumes of history, Bruce's scope ranged from the first Virginia settlements to the early 20th century. He is notable for the first complete history of the University of Virginia, descriptions of the lives of the original settlers of Virginia, and for his insights into Thomas Jefferson's wide-ranging intellect. Bruce was born into a plantation family in Charlotte County, Virginia; his younger brother was William Cabell Bruce, later a US Senator from Maryland. Philip studied literature and history at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1876; he went on to get an LL.B. from Harvard University in 1879. Bruce began a long career as a published historian in 1889 with the publication of The Plantation Negro as a Freeman. His most notable research came with a series of three works on seventeenth century Virginia, covering the economic, social, and institutional frameworks of the first Virginia settlers, published between 1896 and 1910. Bruce was the corresponding secretary of the Virginia Historical Society.

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