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The Lincoln Group of New York Confers its “Award of Achievement” for 2009 to Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr.
New York, N.Y. – The Lincoln Group of New York, an organization dedicated to studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, has conferred its 2009 Award of Achievement to Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr. for A. Lincoln: A Biography. In conferring this award, the Lincoln Group recognizes that “Dr. White’s Lincoln biography is a monumental achievement and the best Abraham Lincoln book published in the Lincoln Bicentennial year of 2009.” Steven R. Koppelman, Chairman of the Award Committee, stated that the committee reviewed nearly thirty-five books on Lincoln and voted unanimously to convey the award to White for his biography that “delivers a comprehensive study of Lincoln, accessible to the public at large.” The committee described this biography, published by Random House, as “A work that not only has broad reach and mass appeal, but is of scholarly esteem.” He added, “Our mission was to select that which does the most to encourage the study and appreciation of Abraham Lincoln.”
Dr. White earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University and has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, and Colorado College. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and Professor of American Religious History Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Dr. White joins a distinguished group of past recipients that includes Pulitzer Prize winners David Herbert Donald and Gary Wills. In winning the award he received an oval bas-relief Lincoln portrait surrounded by a cluster of oak leaves and inscribed with words from the Gettysburg Address. The award was conferred at a special ceremony and lecture in Manhattan at the 3 West Club on March 3, 2010.