Frederick Jackson TurnerBorn in 1861, in Portage, Wisconsin, Frederick Jackson Turner was destined to become a historian. His father was also a historian and a journalist who taught his son to love history, too. The younger Turner earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1884, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1890.Turner was only 32 years old when he presented his historic thesis, 'The Significance of the Frontier in American History' to a group of fellow historians in Chicago in 1893. Although Turner's thesis was largely overlooked initially, it soon became a center of scholarship and controversy. One historian deemed it, 'The single most influential piece of writing in the history of American history.' Turner passed away in 1932.The Frontier: Open & FreeAccording to Turner, the frontier was a vast area of free land. The demarcation of the frontier was a boundary line that was continuously being moved farther and farther west with each generation. In fact, it is the frontier, and subsequently its demarcation line, that determined the path of history more than other events.