Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Mr. Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2008.

Mr. Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 36 books. The Library Journal “highly recommended” his latest major book, Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 and Doris Kearns Goodwin called it a “stunningly original work that casts completely new light on the most turbulent and critical presidential transition in American history.” In addition, Mr. Holzer has written some 450 articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. His many television appearances include C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and Q&A, the 2008 special series, The White House, and the History Channel. Mr. Holzer lectures before Civil War and Lincoln groups and at museums, colleges, and history conferences throughout the country. Additional information is available on his website at haroldholzer.com.