Dr. James M. Johnson

Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History


Dr. James M. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and has taught history there since 2000, now serving as the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History.  Author of Militia, Rangers, and Redcoats, co-compiler of America’s First River, and the co-editor of “Key to the Northern Country”: The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution, Dr. Johnson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1969 and served for 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel.  Duke University awarded him a Master of Arts in History in 1977 and a PhD in History in 1980.  He received a second Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1995.  He commanded two field artillery batteries in Germany and Korea and taught for 15 years in two tours in the Department of History at West Point.  In his second tour there, he headed the military history program, rising to the rank of Professor of History. 


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