Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr.
- Alan Brinkley
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr. (15 October 1917–28 February 2007), historian, intellectual, presidential adviser, was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Sr., an influential historian who inspired his young son, and Elizabeth Bancroft. The younger Arthur's middle name was Bancroft at first, but when he was old enough, he changed his middle name to match his revered father's. After teaching at Ohio State University and the University of Iowa, the older Schlesinger moved to Harvard in 1924. The younger Arthur attended the local schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and later Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, graduating at the age of fifteen. Because his parents thought he was too young for college, they took him on a long trip around the world—what he called his “great adventure.” When the family returned to Boston, Arthur, Jr., entered Harvard College in 1934, at the age of seventeen. He graduated in 1938. His undergraduate thesis, ...