Edward Turner was born on May 28, 1881, in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from St. John’s College in 1904, pursued graduate study in history at Johns Hopkins University, and received his Ph.D. in 1910. Turner received the American Historical Association’s Justin Winsor Prize in 1910 for his dissertation, The Negro in Pennsylvania. While Turner’s primary focus was European history, he taught both history and English at universities such as Bryn Mawr College, the University of Michigan, Yale, and Johns Hopkins.. Throughout his professional career, Turner spent sabbaticals and summers doing research in England. He died on December 31, 1929.