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Famous Historians from the United States

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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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    Dec. at 52 (1874-1926)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    Harry Houdini (; born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational...  more

    A History Of Harry Houdini’s Lifelong Battle To Debunk Mediums#166 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#163 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want To Have A Beer With

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    Dec. at 72 (1920-1992)

    BirthplacePetrovichi, Russia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Isaac Asimov (; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science....  more

    The Best Isaac Asimov Books#1 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors#53 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time

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    Dec. at 87 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, and socialist thinker. He was chair of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College, and a...  more
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    Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)

    BirthplaceAvon, South Dakota, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author, U.S. representative, U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential...  more

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  • 5
    Dec. at 89 (1878-1967)

    BirthplaceGalesburg,United States of America,Illinois,Knox County

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham...  more
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    Dec. at 101 (1904-2005)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American diplomat and historian. He was best known as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion during the Cold War....  more
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    Dec. at 63 (1902-1966)

    BirthplaceWakefield, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lucius Morris Beebe (December 9, 1902 – February 4, 1966) was an American author, gourmand, photographer, railroad historian, journalist, and syndicated columnist....  more
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    Dec. at 74 (1875-1950)

    BirthplaceNew Canton, Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts (née Boggs; born December 27, 1943), best known as Cokie Roberts, is an American journalist and a bestseller-author. She is a commentator on contract to...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Daniel Pipes (born September 9, 1949) is an American historian, writer, and commentator. He is the president of the Middle East Forum, and publisher of its Middle East Quarterly journal. His writing...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust (born September 18, 1947) is an American historian and was the 28th President of Harvard University, the first woman to serve in that role. Faust is the former dean of...  more
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    Dec. at 47 (1947-1994)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Eastburn Boswell (March 20, 1947 – December 24, 1994) was a historian and a full professor at Yale University. Many of Boswell's studies focused on the issue of religion and homosexuality,...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was an American bibliographer, author, politician, and historian. He also worked as an assistant librarian at the Library of Congress....  more
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    Dec. at 74 (1850-1924)

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Henry Cabot Lodge (May 12, 1850 – November 9, 1924) was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. A member of the prominent Lodge family, he received his PhD in history from...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    Eliezer Wiesel (, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾĔlîʿezer Vîzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust...  more

    #1151 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#34 of 116 People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)#2 of 25 Writers Who Should Have Biopics

  • 16

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dorothy Dietrich (born October 31, 1969) is an American stage magician and escapologist, best known as the first and only woman to have performed the bullet catch in her mouth, and the first woman to...  more
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    Dec. at 77 (1925-2002)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Antony Cyril Sutton (February 14, 1925 – June 17, 2002) was a British and American economist, historian, professor, and writer....  more
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    Dec. at 63 (1916-1979)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Myron Clegg Jr. (June 29, 1916 – August 25, 1979) was an American author, photographer, and railroad historian. Clegg is primarily remembered as the lifelong companion of famed railroad...  more
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    Dec. at 73 (1934-2007)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Halberstam (April 10, 1934 – April 23, 2007) was an American journalist and historian, known for his work on the Vietnam War, politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media,...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceAfton, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes was an American educator, diplomat, devout Catholic and academic. A student of European history, he was a leading and pioneering specialist on the study of nationalism....  more
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    Dec. at 84 (1907-1991)

    BirthplaceHuron, South Dakota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John King Fairbank (May 24, 1907 – September 14, 1991), was a prominent American historian of China. Considered the doyen of post-war China studies, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at...  more
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    David E. Kyvig is an American historian, and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University....  more
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    Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Woodman Hilton was a United States historian and economist, who specialized in social history, transportation economics, regulation by commission, the history of economic thought and labor...  more
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    Dec. at 104 (1907-2012)

    BirthplaceCréteil, France

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Jacques Martin Barzun (; November 30, 1907 – October 25, 2012) was a French-American historian known for his studies of the history of ideas and cultural history. He wrote about a wide range of...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceSpringerville, Arizona

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jerry Don Thompson is Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. He is a prolific author of books on a variety of related topics, specializing in the...  more