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N.C. Abbott Collection

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N.C. (Newton Carl) Abbott was an instructor at Eastern Montana Normal School from its opening day, September 12, 1927, until fall quarter 1944. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, he taught in small schools throughout North Dakota , South Dakota , Montana , and Washington , and earned his Masters of Arts degree in history at the University of Washington in 1927. He was honored in 1940 with a Doctor of Laws degree from Intermountain College for his tireless work in Montana history.


Dr. Abbott was a popular teacher, author, and speaker. Over the years, he taught thousands of students in Montana history, American history, economics, and other classes. He was a frequent speaker at community gatherings. He also wrote the popular textbook Montana in the Making, which was used for many years in Montana public schools. For many, Dr. Abbott was best remembered for annual trips taken to the Little Big Horn Battlefield, where he stopped at points of historical interest and lectured students and community members on their significance.


Dr. Abbott died in Oregon on October 21, 1944.


(written by Brent Roberts)


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