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Edmund Broadus

Edmund Kemper Broadus was born on August 27, 1876 in Alexandria, Virginia, to parents Sarah Jane (Botts) and Thomas Andrew Broadus.

Broadus received a BA from Columbian College (1897), an MA from the University of Chicago (1900), and a PhD from Harvard University (1908).

Before joining the University of Alberta as a professor of English in 1908, Broadus worked as a professor at John B. Stetson University in Deland, Florida (1900-03), the University of South Dakota (1903-06), and Harvard University (1906-08).

A member of the University of Alberta’s Graduate Studies Committee and a member of the Senate (1916-18, 1928-30), Broadus was a professor of English from 1908-36. In 1919, he also served as an interim lecturer of English at Trinity College, Oxford University.

In recognition of his achievements, Broadus received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LLD honoris causa) from the University of Alberta in 1933. In 1934-36, he was elected a Member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Broadus married Eleanor Hammond in 1900; they had a son, Kemper Hammond.

Broadus passed away December 17, 1936 in Edmonton, Alberta. The Broadus Lecture Series at the University of Alberta was established in his honour.

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