Professor James McPherson

Dr. McPherson was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minnesota, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1958. He received his Ph.D. in history with highest honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. From 1962 to 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he now holds the title of George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus. He is the author of some 15 books and the editor of another ten, mostly on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. His books have won several major prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in history (1989) for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, and two Lincoln Prizes (1998 and 2009) for For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War and Tried by War; Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. He has also won the Pritzker Prize for Outstanding Writing in the field of military history. He has served as president of the Society of American 26 Historians and the American Historical Association, and is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.