With deep sorrow, the Ohio Academy of History marks the death of its president, Dr. Andrew R. L. Cayton. Drew taught at Miami University for 25 years, ultimately being named University Distinguished Professor of History. Recently, he moved to the Ohio State University, where he assumed the Warner Woodring Chair in Early American History. Over the course of an illustrious career, Drew distinguished himself as a scholar, teacher, and colleague. His work on the Ohio Valley and political ideology during the 18th and 19th centuries, which included the monographs Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in the Ohio Country, 1780-1825 (1989), Frontier Indiana (1996), and Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818 (2013), and a volume coauthored with Fred Anderson, The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (2005), contributed tremendously to current understanding of this crucial period, and set the standard for future historical inquiry. Drew also excelled as a teacher, inspiring thousands of Miami undergraduates. He mentored large numbers of graduate students and junior colleagues, giving freely of his time and energy to further the careers of young historians. His colleagues recognized Drew’s contributions to field, electing him president of both the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) and the Ohio Academy of History. The Ohio Academy mourns his passing. We, and the historical profession in general, have lost a great scholar, teacher, and friend.
Scott Christopher Martin, OAH Vice President