Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. first joined President Kennedy’s campaign as a speechwriter in 1960. The following year he was appointed Special Assistant to the President and held this post until 1964. An avid supporter of liberal democratic causes, Mr. Schlesinger was also the author of several important books, including The Age of Jackson, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. Perhaps his most well known work, however, is his memoir of the Kennedy White House, A Thousand Days, which won him his second Pulitzer. In 1966, Mr. Schlesinger became Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at the City University of New York. He returned to speechwriting, however, during Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign and George S. McGovern’s 1972 campaign. Throughout his political career, Mr. Schlesinger remained an active scholar, publishing several more historical works and establishing himself as the leading intellectual of postwar liberalism.
1917 October 15, Born, Columbus, Ohio
1938 A.B., Harvard University
1938-1939 Postgraduate Henry Fellow, Cambridge University, England
1939-1942 Member, Harvard Society of Fellows
1942-1943 Office of War Information
1943-1945 Office of Strategic Services
1945 United States Army
1946-1954 Associate Professor, Harvard University
1952 Member, Adlai Stevenson campaign
1953-1954 National chairman, Americans for Democratic Action
1954-1961 Professor, Harvard University
1956 Member, Adlai Stevenson presidential campaign
1960 Speechwriter, John F. Kennedy presidential campaign
1961-1963 Special Assistant to President Kennedy
1963-1964 Special Assistant to President Johnson
1966 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton University
1966-1994 Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities, City University of New York
1968 Speechwriter, Robert Kennedy presidential campaign
1972 Speechwriter, George S. McGovern presidential campaign
1981-1984 President, American Institute of Arts and Letters
1983-2007 Co-chairman, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
1984-1987 Chancellor, American Institute of Arts and Letters
1989-1992 Society of American Historians
2007 February 28, Died
Orestes A. Brownson: A Pilgrim’s Progress, 1939.
The Age of Jackson, 1945.
The Vital Center, 1949.
The General and the President (with Richard Rovere), 1951.
The Crisis of the Old Order, 1957.
The Coming of the New Deal, 1958.
The Politics of Upheaval, 1960.
Kennedy or Nixon, 1960.
The Politics of Hope,1963.
A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House, 1965.
The Bitter Heritage: Vietnam and American Democracy,1967.
The Crisis of Confidence: Ideas, Powers and Violence in America, 1969.
The Imperial Presidency, 1973.
Robert F. Kennedy and His Times,1978.
The Cycles of American History, 1986.
The Disuniting of America, 1991.
A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 2000.
War and the American Presidency, 2004.
Mr. Schlesinger has also been a film reviewer for:
Show magazine, 1962-1964
Saturday Review, 1977-1980
American Heritage, 1981-1982
"Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr." Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed. 17 Vols. Gale Research, 1998.
Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, 2004.
Kennedy Library Forum: A Tribute to Arthur Schlesinger (pdf)