John A. Garraty

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The late John A. Garraty was one of America’s foremost historians, a Contributing Editor of American Heritage for nearly 30 years, and Chairman of the History Department of Columbia University, where he taught for forty 40 years.

Prof. Garraty was most famous for editing the 24-volume reference work American National Biography, which tells the story of the U.S. through the life histories of 17,450 of its citizens. Prof. Garraty was the author of dozens of books including Henry Cabot Lodge, Woodrow Wilson: A Great Life in Brief, and The Great Depression. He was also the author, with Mark C. Carnes, of The American Nation, a widely used college textbook now in its 13th edition. From 1969 to 1971, he served as president of the Society of American Historians.

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Articles by this Contributor

August 1956

His career at Princeton prepared him for a larger role, but also showed his strange blend of strength and weakness

December 1957

By private wire from Oyster Bay Roosevelt angled for the 1916 Progressive and Republican nominations, but his strategy backfired and killed the Progressive party

April 1957

The Monte Carlo capers of U. S. Steel’s new president outraged Andy Carnegie but never ruffled J. P. Morgan

June 1957

How J. P. Morgan, like a “one-man Federal Reserve,” calmed the bankers and helped ease the Panic of 1907

December 1961

exhibit one in a gallery of men who fought the good fight in vain

February 1962

In the era of the Bull Moose, Progressivism became a party; the man behind Roosevelt was, of all things, a Morgan partner