Frederick to speak on 'The Fabulous Field Family'

Frederick Richard
Dr. Rick Frederick

Dr. Rick Frederick, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will speak next week on one of the most-influential families in 19th century America, “The Fabulous Field Family.”

            The talk, sponsored by Friends of Hanley Library, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Lester and Barbara Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall on campus. It is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

            The six brothers of the Field family included a Supreme Court justice, the entrepreneur of the transatlantic cable, a leading New York attorney and a minister/travel writer who married a notorious French woman (who was later played by Bette Davis in a movie).

            Frederick is well known for his entertaining lectures on American history. He has taught at Pitt-Bradford since 1979 and is the author or co-author of four books, most recently a biography of William Howard Taft. He is one of two Pitt-Bradford faculty members to have received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher Award, as well as the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Award.

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