Munro, Wilfred Harold, 1849–1934, American historian and educator, b. Bristol, R.I.; brother of Dana Carleton Munro. From 1870 to 1871 he was a master at De Veaux College, Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he later (1881–89) served as president. After studying (1890–91) at the universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Munro became (1891) associate professor of history and director of university extension work at Brown. From 1899 until his retirement in 1911 he held the chair of European history there. In his lifetime Munro traveled widely. For many years president of the Rhode Island Historical Society, he was considered a foremost expert on Rhode Island history. His works include The History of Bristol, R.I. (1880), Tales of an Old Sea Port (1917), and Among the Mormons in the Days of Brigham Young (1927). He edited a 22-volume edition (1905–6, repr. 1968) of the works of W. H. Prescott.
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