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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
Dec. at 52 (1874-1926)
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 ...more
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Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1920-1992)
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 ...more
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Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1922-2010)
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 ...more
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George McGovern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)
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 ...more
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Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1878-1967)
Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was ...more
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George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 101 (1904-2005)
George Frost Kennan was an American advisor, diplomat, and historian, known best as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion at the end of WWII. He later reversed himself on ...more
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Lucius Beebe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 64 (1902-1966)
Lucius Morris Beebe was an American author, gourmand, photographer, railroad historian, journalist, and syndicated columnist.
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Carter G. Woodson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1875-1950)
Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first ...more
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Cokie Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
age 75
Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts (December 27, 1943 – September 17, 2019), best known as Cokie Roberts, was an American journalist and author. She was a contributing senior news ...more
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Daniel Pipes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
age 69
Daniel Pipes is an American historian, writer, and political commentator. He is the president of the Middle East Forum, and publisher of its Middle East Quarterly journal. His writing focuses on ...more
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Drew Gilpin Faust is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
age 71
Drew Gilpin Faust, an American historian and professor, is the first female president of Harvard University. A veteran Ivy League professor and administrator, Faust is known especially for her ...more
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John Boswell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 47 (1947-1994)
John Eastburn Boswell was a prominent historian and a professor at Yale University. Many of Boswell's studies focused on the issue of religion and homosexuality, specifically Christianity and ...more
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Daniel Alexander Payne Murray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 73 (1852-1925)
Daniel Alexander Payne Murray was an assistant librarian at the Library of Congress; a bibliographer, author, politician, and historian.
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Henry Cabot Lodge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 74 (1850-1924)
Henry Cabot Lodge was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. A PhD in history from Harvard, he was a long-time friend and confidant of Theodore Roosevelt. Lodge had the ...more
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Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
age 90
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE is a Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the ...more
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Dorothy Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
age 49
Dorothy Dietrich is an American stage magician and escapologist, and the first and only woman to have performed the bullet catch in her mouth. She was also the first woman to perform a ...more
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Antony C. Sutton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1925-2002)
Antony Cyril Sutton was a British and American economist, historian, and writer.
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Charles Clegg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 63 (1916-1979)
Charles Myron Clegg, Jr., was an American author, photographer, and railroad historian. Clegg is primarily remembered as the lifelong companion of famed railroad author Lucius Beebe, and was a ...more
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David Halberstam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 73 (1934-2007)
David Halberstam was an American journalist and historian, known for his early work on the Vietnam War, his work on politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American ...more
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Carlton J. H. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1882-1964)
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 ...more
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John K. Fairbank is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1907-1991)
John King Fairbank, was a prominent American academic and historian of China.
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David E. Kyvig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
David E. Kyvig is an American historian, and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University.
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George Hilton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)
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 ...more
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Jacques Barzun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
Dec. at 105 (1907-2012)
Jacques Martin Barzun was a French-born American historian of ideas and culture, who wrote about a wide range of subjects, including baseball and classical music, yet is known best as a ...more
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Jerry D Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Historians from the United States
age 76
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 ...more