A Twentieth-century American historian, he is best known for his three-volume biography of U.S. President Andrew Jackson. While other Jackson historians took a broader view of the president's life, Remini meticulously chronicled the seventh U.S. president's private and public life.
He graduated from Fordham University and went on to received his PhD from Columbia. For many years, he taught history at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. From 2005-2010, he was the official Historian of the United States House of Representatives.
He was born in New York City. In 1948, he married Ruth T. Kuhner, with whom he subsequently had three children.
Townsend Hoopes was another prominent presidential historian; he wrote about Lyndon Johnson.