2007 Liberty Gala
JAMES M. MCPHERSON

James M. McPherson was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minnesota, where he attended Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated magna cum laude in 1958. He did his graduate study in history at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph. D. with distinction in 1963. From 1962 to 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he is now the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History Emeritus.

He is the author of fifteen books and the editor of another dozen, most of them on the era of the American Civil War. His books have won several prizes, most notably the Pultizer Prize in History (1989) for BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM: THE CIVIL WAR ERA and the Lincoln Prize (1998) for FOR CAUSE AND COMRADES: WHY MEN FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR. He was the Jefferson Lecturer of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000. He has been active in Civil War battlefield preservation and served on the Congressional Civil War Sites Advisory Commission from 1991 to 1993 as well as on the boards of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and the Civil War Preservation Trust. He is a member of the advisory boards of the National Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Gettysburg Foundation. In 1999 - 2000 he was president of the Society of American Historians and in 2003 - 04 the president of the American Historical Association. In 2007 he received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the Society for Military History.

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