Michael Burlingame (historian)

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Michael Burlingame is an American historian, and Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, at University of Illinois, Springfield.[1][2] He was born in Memphis. He was the May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor Emeritus of History at Connecticut College.[3]


He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1960.[4] He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Ph.D. in History in 1971.

In 2002, he was involved in the Stephen B. Oates controversy.[5][6] In 2010, he won the Lincoln Prize for his Abraham Lincoln: A Life.



Michael Burlingame was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the state’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2009 as a Bicentennial Laureate.[7]


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