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Presidential Historian; and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency, Vanderbilt University

Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2020

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and the author of the New York Times bestsellers (all published by Random House) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012); American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (2008); Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (2003); Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (2015); The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (2018); and Songs of America (2019).


A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and fellow of the Society of American Historians, Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor and the Robert M. and Carolyn T. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University. He is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor at Time, and has written for the New York Times op-ed page, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and Garden & Gun.


Meacham is a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The McCallie School, and The Harpeth Hall School, and he chairs the National Advisory Council of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University.

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