National Hamilton Scholar: Richard Brookhiser
About Richard Brookhiser
Richard Brookhiser has written a biography on Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton, American), curated the landmark exhibit "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America" at the New-York Historical Society, and written and hosted the PBS documentary "Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton." Brookhiser has written other books on the Founding Generation, including George Washington, James Madison, Gouverneur Morris, and John and Abigail Adams. He has also written and hosted the documentary "Rediscovering George Washington."
In addition to his work on the Founding Fathers, Brookhiser is a columnist for American History and has worked for National Review since 1977. He also wrote a column for the New York Observer for twenty years, and has free-lanced for a number of magazines including The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Commentary, and Vanity Fair. In 2008 he was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities and in 2011, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.
To learn more about Brookhiser, visit his website.
National Hamilton Scholar Presentation Ceremony
Richard Brookhiser was presented his National Hamilton Scholar plaque at Trinity Church on July 12, 2016 as part of the AHA Society's CelebrateHAMILTON annual program. In addition to being presented with the National Hamilton Scholar plaque, Brookhiser was also honored with the first Hamilton Legacy Award by the AHA Society Board. Following the awards presentations, Richard Brookhiser gave the keynote speech for CelebrateHAMILTON 2016, titled, "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America Prosperous." The talk was aired on C-SPAN3 and is available for viewing online.
About the "National Hamilton Scholar"
The National Hamilton Scholar designation was created by the AHA Society to recognize individuals who have produced extensive, quality work on Alexander Hamilton. In part a response to poor scholarship that pervades many past works on Alexander Hamilton, this designation signals to the public that these individuals' works are full of factual information and represent Hamilton fairly.
Recognition as a National Hamilton Scholar is given to those who have pursued an in-depth study of Alexander Hamilton and his life, not only through substantial reading, but also through true scholarship in the critical evaluation of information and study of original source documents. In addition to exemplary research, these individuals have produced writings that provide accurate, objective, and insightful information to the public about Alexander Hamilton. National Hamilton Scholars also make themselves available to answer research questions from the public that are fielded by the AHA Society. National Hamilton Scholars are responsible for the further growth in understanding on Alexander Hamilton's life, not only through discovering new information, but also through a broad public reach.