Martin A. Larson

Dr. Martin A. Larson was born in Whitehall, Michigan, in 1897. Following service in the US Navy, he attended and graduated from Kalamazoo College, where he distinguished himself in track, forensics and scholarship. With a state fellowship, he went on to study at the University of Michigan, which awarded him a Ph.D. in English literature in 1927 for his research into the sources of Milton's theology. For a number of years he taught at what are now Eastern Michigan University and the University of Idaho. After a period of running his own business in Detroit, he retired at the age of 53 to devote himself to research and writing. He took a particularly keen interest in comparative religions, taxation and the monetary system. Dr. Larson was the author of more than 20 books. His first, The Modernity of Milton, was based on his doctoral dissertation. Another, The Religion of the Occident, was first published in 1959 and appeared later in a revised edition under the title of The Story of Christian Origins. Other books included Jefferson: Magnificent Populist and The Essene Christian Faith, the latter re-published in 1989 by the Noontide Press. Dr. Larson was a guest on countless radio and television programs, and his writing appeared in numerous periodicals, including Fortune and Reader's Digest. He served as a member of this Journal for Historical Review's Editorial Advisory Committee from the very first (Spring 1980) issue until his death, and four articles by him appeared in that Journal over the years. During the final years of his life, he and his wife, Emma, made their home in Arizona, where he passed away on January 16, 1994, at the age of 96.

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