AHA President, 1892–93


University of Michigan

From the American Historical Review 21:4 (July 1916)

James Burrill Angell (January 7, 1829–April 1, 1916), president of the University of Michigan from 1871 to 1909, died on April 1, at the age of eighty-seven. He was president of the American Historical Association from 1892 to 1893, presiding at the Chicago meeting in July, 1893, and delivering an address on “The Inadequate Recognition of Diplomatists by Historians.” His eminence in the field of education is universally known. He was United States minister to China from 1880 to 1881 and to Turkey from 1897 to 1898. His personal qualities were such that probably no man in the United States was regarded with so much affection by so many educated men.


Handbook of French literature; historical, biographical, and critical. Rev. and ed. by James B. Angell. Philadelphia, H. Cowperthwait & co., 1857.

The Diplomacy of the United States. Boston and New York, 1884-89.

Inadequate recognition of diplomatists by historians. Washington, 1894.

Honesty. By James Burrill Angell. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 1906.

The age of quickened conscience. Ann Arbor, Mich., The University, 1908.

The reminiscences of James Burrill Angell. New York [etc.] Longmans, Green, and Co., 1912.