Donald Emmet Worcester (29 April 1915—21 September 2003) was born in Tempe, Arizona, and spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's homestead on the fringe of the Mojave desert where he developed his skills as a cowboy. He was graduated from from Bard College in 1939, attained an MA in 1947 and a Ph.D. in 1947 both from University of California, Berkeley. He served in the Naval Reserve during the Second World War.
He was professor history at the University of Florida, and chairman of the department. From 1963 to 1972, he was chairman of the History department at TCU, and continued to teach until he retired in 2000. He wrote over thirty books including Western novels and juveniles as well as many scholarly papers.
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