- O. Allen Gianniny
Malone, Dumas (10 January 1892–27 December 1986), historian and biographer, was born in Coldwater, Mississippi, the son of John Wesley Malone, a Methodist minister and college president, and Lillian Kemp, a teacher. Malone graduated from Emory College at Oxford, Georgia (now Emory University at Atlanta), in 1910. After teaching in high school and junior college, he entered Yale University Divinity School (B.D., 1916). His thesis examined the controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees. He discovered that he was “relatively indifferent” to formal philosophy and systematic theology but had a love for history. His interest in people and his desire to write in narrative form drew him early to historical biography....