Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

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Birthday
15, 1917
Birthplace
Columbus, OH
Death Date
Feb 28, 2007 (89)
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15, 1917
Birthplace
Columbus, OH
Death Date
Feb 28, 2007 (89)

About

Historian, presidential speechwriter, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of books on the presidencies of Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. His most famous works include The Age of Jackson (1945), The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom (1949), and A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House (1965).

Before Fame

He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1938. From 1943-45, he served in a spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA.

Trivia

He worked as a special assistant and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, and he was later a major supporter of Robert Kennedy's ill-fated presidential campaign.

Family Life

With his first wife, Marian Cannon, he had four children. Following his 1970 divorce from Cannon, he wed Alexandra Emmet Allan, with whom he had another child.

Associated With

During the presidential administration of Harry S. Truman, Schlesinger was one of several founders of a prominent group called Americans for Democratic Action.