Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from American National Biography. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 27 January 2021

Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr.locked

(15 October 1917–28 February 2007)
  • 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, ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription