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List of notable or famous historians from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top historians born in the United States and even some popular historians who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American historians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These historians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known historian from the United States is included when available.

List ranges from Woodrow Wilson to Theodore Roosevelt and more.

This historic historians from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American historians of note?" and "Who are the most famous historians from the United States?" These prominent historians of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American historians.

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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
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Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his ...more

Age: Died at 52 (1874-1926)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Profession: Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian, Film Producer, Actor, + more

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#1 on The Greatest Famous Magicians

#32 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
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Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been ...more

Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)

Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia

Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author, Essayist, + more

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#38 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#73 on The Best Writers of All Time

#1 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#49 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
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Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. Zinn described himself as "something of an ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1922-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Historian, Author, Writer, Playwright, Teacher

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George McGovern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
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George Stanley McGovern was an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election. McGovern grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he was a renowned debater. He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Forces upon ...more

Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)

Birthplace: Avon, South Dakota, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Historian, Author, Teacher

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