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Title John R. Milton
Span Dates 1963-1995
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1970-1992)
Quantity .5 linear ft.
Printed Material
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

 John Ronald Milton was born on May 24, 1924, in Anoka, Minnesota.  He grew up around the St. Paul area and served in the Army Signal Corps from 1943-1946.  Milton received his BA (1948) and MA (1951) from the University of Minnesota and received his doctorate in American literature and creative writing (1961) from the University of Denver.  He taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis from 1949-1956 and was chair of the English Department at Jamestown College in North Dakota for the next six years.  In 1963 he became a professor of English at the University of South Dakota.  Milton then began editing a literary magazine that eventually earned national recognition, South Dakota Review.  His publications included “This Lonely House,”  “The Novel of the American West,” “The Literature of South Dakota,” and “South Dakota.”  Milton would write over 200 publications and scholarly/editorial reviews.  One of his short stories, “The Inheritance of Emmy One Horse” won the “Best American Short Story” honor in 1969.  Milton’s reading of “The Legacy” at the dedication ceremony of the Fighting Stallions memorial in Pierre to honor South Dakota Governor George Mickelson after his 1993 death in a plane crash earned Milton additional accolades.    He married Lynn Hinderlie on August 3, 1946 and the couple had one daughter, Nanci.   He died on January 28, 1995, after suffering a heart attack.

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