The prize is sponsored by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Lewis Lehrman, co-chairman of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, called Burlingame's book "a landmark of American historical scholarship." "Every member of the literate general public, interested in Abraham Lincoln, is surely indebted to Burlingame for his tireless research into archives and newspapers never before examined," Lehrman said.
Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, joins a list of distinguished Lincoln Prize winners that includes Donald, Burlingame's mentor during his Ph.D. studies at Johns Hopkins; Princeton emeritus history professor James McPherson; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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