Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer, a leading authority on Lincoln and the Civil War, is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. Widely honored for his work, Holzer earned a second-place Lincoln Prize for Lincoln at Cooper Union in 2005 and in 2008 was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Holzer is Senior Vice President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and lives in Rye, New York.
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Author Harold Holzer Discusses Lincoln President-Elect

Harold Holzer examines the four months between Lincoln's election and inauguration, when the president-elect made the most important decision of his coming presidency.

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Harold Holzer
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Excelsior

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Outrageous"

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. John Hay--Lincoln's onetime assistant private secretary, who became his biographer and, later, secretary of state

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Wit, family loyalty, and honesty

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