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Paul Murray Kendall (1 March 1911 - 21 November 1973) was an American academic and historian. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Frankford High School in 1928. In 1932 he received an Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. He received an Master's degree in 1933, also from the University of Virginia. In 1937, while studying for a Ph.D he became an instructor in English at the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He obtained a Ph. D. from the University of Virginia in 1939. He was appointed Distinguished Professor of English in 1959, one of the first three academics at Ohio University to receive this honor

In 1952 he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship which assisted him in completing Richard III, which was published in 1955. It is for that work that he is best known. This work was a scholarly defence of the controversial monarch. It relied heavily on primary sources and made a significant contribution to the arguments for a favourable view of Richard. The work was critically very well received and was a runner-up for the National Book Award in 1956.