Lewis E. Lehrman is co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and a trustee of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is chairman of L.E. Lehrman & Co., a Greenwich-based investment partnership. He was the 1982 Republican and Conservative parties’ gubernatorial candidate in New York, and later a managing director at Morgan Stanley. He is a trustee of the New-York Historical Society. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University in 1960, after which he won a Carnegie Teaching Fellowship as an instructor of history on the Yale faculty. Subsequently, he received his master’s degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow from Harvard University. He is the author of Lincoln at Peoria (2008), and his articles on Abraham Lincoln have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Greenwich Time, and other periodicals. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Babson College (Babson Park, MA), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Marymount University (Arlington, VA), Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA), and Lincoln College (Lincoln, IL). In 2005, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in an Oval Office ceremony in recognition for his contributions to the appreciation and understanding of history and in co-founding the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

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