Monday, December 6, 2021

UM History Professor, Author and Historian David Sansing Dies

By Anna Grace Usery

Longtime Mississippi author, educator and historian, David Sansing, passed away today, July 6.

UM Dean of the School of Journalism and New Media Will Norton (left) and Professor Emeritus of History David Sansing (right) share a laugh at Rowan Oak in 2016. Photo by Timothy Ivy. 

His son, Perry Sansing, confirmed the news.

Sansing was born in 1933 and graduated from Greenville High School. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Mississippi College. He received his Ph.D in history at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1969.

Sansing came to the University of Mississippi in 1970 when then history professor Joe Kiger offered him a position.

David Sansing. Photo via the UM website.

“When I came to Ole Miss, I felt like I was coming home. Oxford and Ole Miss was where I was supposed to be,” he told contributor Bonnie Brown in a Q&A in August of 2018. “I brought my wife Elizabeth and my three children and we have lived happily ever after.”

His most recent book, “The Other Mississippi: A State in Conflict with Itself” details essays on the Mississippi state flag, Mississippi writers, the Bilbo Purge, the Meredith Crisis, the derivation of the nickname “Ole Miss,” and the origins of Colonel Rebel, book editor Allen Boyer writes in his book review.

“All of my life, I’ve been blessed with good friends who have left me better off by their friendship than I would have been otherwise,” he told in a previous interview. “I am a man most fortunate.” will inform the public of funeral arrangements as they become available.