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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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Excelsior

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Baseball player

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Generosity (I'm told) and humor

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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham Lincoln, of course--and I would want the first exclusive interview--scooping 60 Minutes, Baraba Walters, et al. I'd start by asking: "What was it with you and your father?"

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