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William Alley Frayer
The Michigan Alumnus 65-77

William Alley Frayer was born at Nunda, Livingston County, New
 York, June 5, 1880.

After receiving the degree of A.B. at Cornell Univer
sity in 1903, he spent a year abroad, chiefly in France. He returned to 
Cornell for graduate work in 1906. In 1908 he received the Andrew D. 
 White Traveling Fellowship in History, and spent the academic year 1908-
09 at the Universities of Gottingen and Freiburg.

In 1905 he became instruc
tor in History at the Chicago Latin School, and in 1906 Assistant in History
 at Cornell University. During the past six years, he has been Director of 
the European Summer School of the Bureau of University Travel at Boston. 

He came to the University of Michigan as instructor in History in the fall 
of 1909, becoming Assistant Professor of History the present year.