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Jesse F. Brumbaugh Papers, 1875-1958

Biographical Note:

Jesse F. Brumbaugh served as professor of psychology at Oregon State College from 1915 until his retirement in about 1939 when he became professor emeritus. He continued teaching into the 1950s.

Brumbaugh (originally spelled Brumback) was born in Kewanna, Indiana on May 29, 1868. He received degrees from Depauw University (A.B., 1894), University of Chicago (A.M. 1902), and the State Law School of South Dakota (L.L.B., 1910). Prior to his tenure at Oregon State, Brumbaugh taught at Depauw University (1894-1896 and 1902-1906), Dakota Wesleyan (1897-1901), and the State University of South Dakota (1909-1913).

Brumbaugh taught a wide range of classes during his years at Oregon State, including Elementary Psychology, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Reflective Thinking, Logic, and Ethics. He authored numerous articles and three books - Legal Reasoning and Briefing (1917), Legal and Public Speaking (1932) and Child Psychology (1933) (the books are available in the Valley Library). Brumbaugh was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu honorary societies and the Society of Applied Psychology. He married Anna Cook of Sheldon, South Dakota in August 1899. They had four children. Brumbaugh probably died around 1959.


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