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James Neal Primm (1918 - 2009) was the Curators' Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A noted scholar and historian, Professor Primm was the author of a number of works on American and St. Louis history, including Lion of the Valley: St. Louis; Economic Policy in the Development of a Western State; and The American Experience.
Born in Edina, Mo., Professor Primm received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He became chairman of the history department at the newly founded University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1965. His many contributions to scholarship, UM-St. Louis, and the St. Louis community earned him the title of Curators' Professor of History in 1987.