Donald A. Ritchie

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Donald A. Ritchie
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Donald A. Ritchie in 2011.
Born (1945-12-23) December 23, 1945 (age 69)
Nationality American
Alma mater City College of New York (B.A., 1967)
University of Maryland, College Park (M.S., 1969; Ph.D., 1975)
Occupation Historian
Known for Historian of the United States Senate

Donald A. Ritchie (born December 23, 1945) is the Historian of the United States Senate.

He graduated from the City College of New York (1967) and received a Master's Degree (1969) and Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1969–1971.[1]

He was responsible for editing the closed hearing transcripts of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's investigations,[2] and has authored a number of books including Electing FDR. His book, Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents won him the Organization of American Historians Richard W. Leopold Prize. He has served as president of the Oral History Association and on the councils of the American Historical Association, the International Oral History Association, and the Society for History in the Federal Government.[3]




  • The American Vision, The American Republic, and The American Journey, with Joyce Appleby, Alan Brinkley, Albert Broussard, and James McPherson (Glenooe/McGraw-Hill)


  • The Oxford Handbook of Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy (Truman State University Press, 2011)


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