Michael Burlingame (historian)

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Michael Burlingame is an American historian, noted for his works on Abraham Lincoln. He is a 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 Andover, Massachusetts in 1960.[4] He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Ph.D. in History in 1971.

In 2002, he was involved in the Stephen B. Oates controversy, where he maintains Oates resorted to plagiarism in his Lincoln biography.[5][6] In 2010, Burlingame won the Lincoln Prize for his Abraham Lincoln: A Life.


  • The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln. University of Illinois Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-252-06667-2.
  • Michael Burlingame, ed. (2002). "Lincoln's humor" and other essays. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-02708-6.
  • Michael Burlingame, ed. (2006). At Lincoln's Side: John Hay's Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings. SIU Press. ISBN 978-0-8093-2711-9.
  • Abraham Lincoln: a life. 1. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8018-8993-6.
  • Abraham Lincoln: a life. 2. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-4214-1058-6.


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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  1. ^ "Renowned Lincoln Scholar Michael Burlingame accepts Lincoln Chair". news.uis.edu.
  2. ^ "Directory - University of Illinois Springfield - UIS". uisapp.uis.edu.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Phillips Academy". andover.edu.
  5. ^ "I Stood Accused of Plagiarism". hnn.us.
  6. ^ "Michael Burlingame's Response to Stephen Oates". hnn.us.
  7. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-04.

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