Howard R. Lamar

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Howard R. Lamar
21st President of Yale University (Acting)
In office
Preceded by Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
Succeeded by Rick Levin
Personal details
Born (1923-11-18) November 18, 1923 (age 92)
Tuskegee, Alabama
Alma mater Yale University, Emory University

Howard Roberts Lamar (born November 18, 1923) is a 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]


He was born in 1923 in Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.,[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 Ph.D. from Yale University in 1951. He was president of the university from 1992 to 1993, and since 1994 has been a Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale.[1]

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


  • 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

See also[edit]


  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. ^ [1]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
President of Yale University
Succeeded by
Rick Levin