Harold Holzer: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Harold Holzer

Preeminent Scholar on Abraham Lincoln

Harold Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, he serves as co-chairman of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

He has authored, coauthored, and edited thirty books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, including The Lincoln Image, Lincoln Seen and Heard, Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President, Lincoln as I Knew Him, and Lincoln on Democracy. His most recent book Lincoln President-Elect (October 2008) examines the four months between Lincoln’s election and inauguration, when the president-elect made the most important decision of his coming presidency— when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for generations. His book Lincoln At Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (2004), won the prestigious Lincoln Prize.

A frequent guest on television, Holzer has appeared on The Today Show, The Charlie Rose Show, CNBC, Fox News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, C-Span’s Washington Journal, and CBS Sunday Morning. He was also seen on C-SPAN in broadcasts of his stage presentations Lincoln Seen and Heard with Sam Waterston and Grant Seen and Heard with Richard Dreyfuss.

Holzer currently serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. From 1984 through 1992 he served as Special Counselor to the Director of Economic Development and executive vice president of The New York State Urban Development Corporation in the administration of Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

Holzer is founding vice chairman and a regular lecturer at The Lincoln Forum, which hosts an annual symposium each year in Gettysburg, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. He is also a member of the Research Advisory Group for the President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument in Washington, and serves on the board of historical advisors of the Mariners' Museum's U.S.S. Monitor Center in Newport News, Virginia; the Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation in Richmond; The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; and the new Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center.

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