Tracé Etienne-Gray

MAXWELL, ROBERT S. (1911–1990). Robert S. Maxwell, historian, was born on November 26, 1911, in Newport, Kentucky. He received a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1934 and went on to the University of Cincinnati for his masters degree. In 1949 he earned a Ph.D in history from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Wisconsin and at the University of Kentucky before going to Stephen F. Austin State College in 1952. From 1969 to 1983 he served as the chair of the history department at the college. He retired in 1983. During his career at Stephen F. Austin he received teaching awards from both the student body and the board of regents. During World War II he served as an infantry captain in the United States Army. Topics of his scholarship included business and economic history of the early twentieth century, particularly when related to Texas. In 1956 the State Historical Society of Wisconsin published his work, LaFollete and the Rise of Progressives in Wisconsin. Books related to Texas included, Whistle in the Piney Woods: Paul Bremond and the Houston East and West Texas Railway (1963); Texas Economic Growth, 1890 to World War II: From Frontier to Industrial Giant (1981); Sawdust Empire: The Texas Lumber Industry (1983), which he coauthored with Robert Baker. Maxwell was a member of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He died on December 29, 1990, in Nacogdoches. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Directory of American Scholars, 1985. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Tracé Etienne-Gray, "MAXWELL, ROBERT S.," accessed February 28, 2020,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...