American historian and professor at Harvard University who founded the field of American Studies and released the famous book The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century in 1939.
He earned a degree from the University of Chicago and started teaching at Harvard University in 1931.
He spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Princeton, New Jersey.
His family comes from Chicago, Illinois.
Felix Frankfurter wrote a tribute to him that was featured in The New York Herald Tribune.