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Title Edward Charles Ehrensperger
Span Dates 1925-1969
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1950-1959)
Quantity .75 linear ft.
Printed Material Printed Materials are located in Box 1.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Edward Charles Ehrensperger was born May 23, 1895 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Charles Louis and Louise Elvis Ehrensperger.  Ehrensperger earned A.B. in 1916, A.M. in 1918 and a PhD in 1921 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

After studying in Europe, Ehrensperger taught at Northwestern University and Wellesley College.  In 1932 Ehrensperger came to Vermillion, South Dakota to teach at the University of South Dakota.  He was head of the English department until 1964, when he became head of English department at Yankton College.  He taught at Yankton College until 1972.  A consummate professional, Ehrensperger helped established the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English and The American Name Society.  He was the project leader for the Work Projects Administration publishing project South Dakota Place Names.  Ehrensperger was also an involved member of the United Church of Christ and wrote a history of the church in Vermillion.  He also served as editor of the church’s state history.

Ehrensperger married Helen Elizabeth Swezey on June 19, 1931 in Boston Massachusetts.  They had two children Charles Dwight and Donald Edward, both born in Vermillion, South Dakota.  Ehrensperger died on April 18, 1984. 

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