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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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    Harry Houdini

    Harry Houdini

    Dec. at 52 (1874-1926)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Harry Houdini (; born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October... more on Wikipedia

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    Isaac Asimov

    Isaac Asimov

    Dec. at 72 (1920-1992)

    BirthplacePetrovichi, Russia

    Isaac Asimov (; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of... more on Wikipedia
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    Howard Zinn

    Howard Zinn

    Dec. at 88 (1922-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, and... more on Wikipedia

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    George McGovern

    George McGovern

    Dec. at 90 (1922-2012)

    BirthplaceAvon, South Dakota, USA

    George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author,... more on Wikipedia

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    Carl Sandburg

    Carl Sandburg

    Dec. at 89 (1878-1967)

    BirthplaceGalesburg, Illinois, United States of America

    Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer,... more on Wikipedia

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    George F. Kennan

    George F. Kennan

    Dec. at 101 (1904-2005)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American diplomat and... more on Wikipedia
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    Lucius Beebe

    Lucius Beebe

    Dec. at 64 (1902-1966)

    BirthplaceWakefield, Massachusetts

    Lucius Morris Beebe (December 9, 1902 – February 4, 1966) was an American author, gourmand,... more on Wikipedia
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    Carter G. Woodson

    Carter G. Woodson

    Dec. at 75 (1875-1950)

    BirthplaceNew Canton, Virginia

    Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author,... more on Wikipedia
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    Cokie Roberts

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts (née Boggs; born December 27, 1943), best known... more on Wikipedia

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    Daniel Pipes

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Daniel Pipes (born September 9, 1949) is an American historian, writer, and commentator. He is... more on Wikipedia
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    Drew Gilpin Faust

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust (born September 18, 1947) is an American historian and was the... more on Wikipedia
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    John Boswell

    John Boswell

    Dec. at 47 (1947-1994)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    John Eastburn Boswell (March 20, 1947 – December 24, 1994) was a historian and a full... more on Wikipedia
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    Daniel Alexander Payne Murray

    Daniel Alexander Payne Murray

    Dec. at 73 (1852-1925)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was an American bibliographer, author, politician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Henry Cabot Lodge

    Henry Cabot Lodge

    Dec. at 74 (1850-1924)

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

    Henry Cabot Lodge (May 12, 1850 – November 9, 1924) was an American Republican Senator and... more on Wikipedia
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    Elie Wiesel

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    Eliezer Wiesel (, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾĔlîʿezer Vîzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2,... more on Wikipedia
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    Dorothy Dietrich

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania

    Dorothy Dietrich (born October 31, 1969) is an American stage magician and escapologist, best... more on Wikipedia
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    Antony C. Sutton

    Antony C. Sutton

    Dec. at 77 (1925-2002)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Antony Cyril Sutton (February 14, 1925 – June 17, 2002) was a British and American economist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Charles Clegg

    Charles Clegg

    Dec. at 63 (1916-1979)
    Charles Myron Clegg Jr. (June 29, 1916 – August 25, 1979) was an American author,... more on Wikipedia
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    David Halberstam

    David Halberstam

    Dec. at 73 (1934-2007)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    David Halberstam (April 10, 1934 – April 23, 2007) was an American journalist and historian,... more on Wikipedia
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    Carlton J. H. Hayes

    Dec. at 82 (1882-1964)

    BirthplaceAfton, New York

    Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes was an American educator, diplomat, devout Catholic and academic.... more on Wikipedia
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    John K. Fairbank

    Dec. at 84 (1907-1991)

    BirthplaceHuron, South Dakota

    John King Fairbank (May 24, 1907 – September 14, 1991), was a prominent American historian of... more on Wikipedia
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    David E. Kyvig is an American historian, and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern... more on Wikipedia
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    George Hilton

    Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)
    George Woodman Hilton was a United States historian and economist, who specialized in social... more on Wikipedia
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    Jacques Barzun

    Jacques Barzun

    Dec. at 105 (1907-2012)

    BirthplaceCréteil, France

    Jacques Martin Barzun (; November 30, 1907 – October 25, 2012) was a French-American historian... more on Wikipedia
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    Jerry D Thompson

    BirthplaceSpringerville, Arizona

    Jerry Don Thompson is Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M International University in... more on Wikipedia