Nebraska Authors

John F. Stover

Born 1912-05-16 Manhattan, KS (USA)

Died 2007-03-29
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Lincoln Memorial Park

Professor of History at Purdue University, Stover was educated at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and returned to Nebraska after his retirement. He was the husband of Nebraska author Marjorie Filley Stover.

Places Lived

Manhattan, KS
Bloomfield, NE
Hickman, NE
Lincoln, NE
West Lafayette, IN
Teaneck, NJ
Madison, WI
San Antonio, TX
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Railroad History; Trains


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1934, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1937, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., 1951, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


History Professor

Places Worked

Bergen Junior College, 1937-41
Purdue University, 1947-78 (Emeritus since 1978)


Phi Beta Kappa (Hon. 1977)
Fellow, Society of American Historians
Sagamore of the Wabash, by Indiana Governor, 1978
Senior Achievement Railroad History Award from the Railway of Locomotive Historical Society, 1983
Alumni Achievement Award, University of Nebraska, 1985


American, Western, Southern, Indiana, and Nebraska Historical Associations
Indiana Academy of Social Science
Organization of American Historians
Newcomen Society of North America
Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society (Editorial Advisory Board)
Tippecanoe County Historical Association (President, 1972-74)


Railroads of the South, 1865-1900. 1955.
American Railroads. 1961.
A History of American Railroads. 1967.
Turnpikes, Canals and Steamboats. 1969.
The Life and Decline of the American Railroad. 1970.
Transportation in American History. 1970.
History of the Illinois Central Railroad. 1975.
Iron Road to the West: American Railroads in the 1850s. 1978.
History of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroads. 1987.
American Railroads. 2nd Ed. 1997.

'Railroad' Articles in:
Dictionary of American History. 1972.
Encyclopedia of Southern History. 1979.
Encyclopedia Americana. 1982.
Academic American Encyclopedia. 1982.
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy. 1993.

Published numerous scholarly articles on transportation history

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