Howard R. Lamar

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Howard R. Lamar
21st President of Yale University (Acting)
In office
Preceded byBenno C. Schmidt Jr.
Succeeded byRick Levin
Personal details
Born(1923-11-18)November 18, 1923
Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.
DiedFebruary 22, 2023(2023-02-22) (aged 99)
Alma mater

Howard Roberts Lamar (November 18, 1923 – February 22, 2023) was an American historian of the American West. In addition to being Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University since 1994, he served as Acting President of Yale University from 1992 to 1993.[1]


Lamar was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on November 18, 1923,[2] and was drawn into history in part by his rich family history which includes two United States Supreme Court justices and the second president of the Republic of Texas. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 1945 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1951.[3] He was president of Yale from 1992 to 1993, and since 1994 has been a Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale.[1] He directed thirty-four dissertations in history and another thirteen in American studies. His prominent students include Lewis L. Gould.

The Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University was established in his honor.[1]

Lamar died on February 22, 2023, at the age of 99.[4]


  • Dakota Territory, 1861–1889
  • The Cruise of the Portsmouth, 1845–1847
  • The Far Southwest, 1846–1912: A Territorial History
  • The Trader on the American Frontier: Myth’s Victim
  • The New Encyclopedia of the American West
  • Charlie Siringo's West: An Interpretive Biography

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  1. ^ a b c Gould, Lewis L. (2000). "Howard Roberts Lamar" in Clio's Favorites: Leading Historians of the United States, 1945–2000, pp 84-97.
  2. ^ Rutland, R.A. (2000). Clio's Favorites: Leading Historians of the United States, 1945-2000. University of Missouri Press. p. 84. ISBN 9780826213167. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  3. ^ "Emory Magazine | Feature: American West". Retrieved Mar 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "Howard R. Lamar, former Yale president and eminent historian". Yale News. 24 February 2023. Retrieved 24 February 2023.


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Preceded by President of Yale University
Succeeded by