Dr. William K. Bolt

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Dr. William K. Bolt

Suzanne Lucas and Benjamin Pratt Gasque Chair in History

Office: FH 208
Phone: 843-661-1469


A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Bolt began teaching at Francis Marion in 2009. He has published articles in American Nineteenth Century History and the Journal of East Tennessee History. For four years, Dr. Bolt served as an Assistant Editor at the James K. Polk Project where he researched, edited, and transcribed documents that appeared in volume 11 and 12 of the Correspondence of James K. Polk. His book, Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America, was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2017. He is also the coauthor of a textbook, The American Road Part I: Travelling the Early American Byways of a New Nation, which was published by Kendall Hunt in 2016.


PhD, University of Tennessee, 2010

Courses Taught: 

U.S. History to 1877

U.S. History since 1877

Economic History of the United States

United States: Colonial and Revolutionary Periods

Civil War America

U.S. Constitutional History to 1900

Jacksonian Democracy

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