William Ivy Hair was born November 19, 1930, in Monroe, Louisiana (Franklin Parish). His education included a B.A. (Journalism, 1952), an M.A. (Journalism, 1953) and a Ph.D. (History, 1962) from Louisiana State University. William Ivy Hair married Emily Karolyn Stevens in 1957. The Hair family includes two children, William Steven and Walter Ivy.
Dr. Hair died August 6, 1992.
The following information is taken from Dr. Hair's vita:
Military service: Sergeant, United States Army, 1954-1956; honorable discharge
Teaching Experience: Graduate teaching assistant at LSU, 1956. Instructor, Florida State University, 1957-1963. Visiting Assistant Professor, LSU, Summer 1962. Assistant Professor, Florida State University, 1963-1969. Associate Professor, Florida State University, 1969-1973. Teaching Award: Outstanding Teacher, 1970-71, presented by the Student Advisory Committee of the FSU Department of History; Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Southern History, Georgia College, 1973-1992.
Administrative & Editorial Experience: Managing Editor of the Daily Reveille, LSU student newspaper, 1951-1952; feature writer for Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 1950-1951; editor of the Pelican Press Messenger, official journal of the Louisiana Press Association, 1952-1954; chairman of the American history committee of the FSU History Department at various times, 1960-1970; member of the Faculty Senate at FSU at various times, 1969-1972; Associate Chairman for Undergraduate Affairs of the FSU History Department, and Director of the Tutorial Program of the FSU History Department, (no dates listed); College Archivist, Georgia College, 1987-1992.
Major Publications (Books): Bourbonism and Agrarian Protest: Louisiana Politics: 1877-1900 (1969), Carnival of Fury: Robert Charles and the New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 (1976), A History of Georgia College (1979), Louisiana: A History (1984), The Kingfish and His Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long (1991).
Membership in Professional Associations: Member, Southern Historical Association. Member, Organization of American Historians. Member, Georgia Association of Historians. Member, Louisiana Historical Association. Member, Phi Alpha Theta. Member, Phi Kappa Phi.
Awards: Jules and Frances Landry Award, 1991. L. Kemper Williams Prize, 1992.