Richebourg McWilliams

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Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams (born June 24, 1901 in Oak Hill, Wilcox County; died February 1986) was the long-time head of the Department of English and chair of the Division of Humanities at Birmingham-Southern College.

McWilliams warned his bachelor of science in biology in 1922 and two masters of arts in 1925 and 1933 at the University of Alabama. He also studied at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Puerto Rico, Columbia University, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany.

McWilliams married Dorothy Schultz in 1937 and had three sons.

McWilliams retired in 1970.


  • McWilliams, Richebourg, translator (1953) Fleur de Lys and Calumet; Being the Penicaut Narrative of French Adventure in Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press
  • McWilliams, Richebourg (c. 1956) History of Beautiful Dauphin Island; Origin of Street Names. Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board
  • McWilliams, Richebourg, translator (1981) Iberville’s Gulf Journals. University of Alabama Press


  • Raines, Howell (July 20, 1986) "About Men: A Mentor's Presence". The New York Times, p. 46
  • Hagood, Carol Cook (Winter 2006) "Richebourg McWilliams: inspiring a love of literature and learning." 'Southern. Vol. 32, No. 1, p. 15

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