Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr., 1917-2007


Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr., 1917-2007


Bio: Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (b. October, 15, 1917, Columbus, Ohio-d. February 28, 2007, New York, New York), historian and writer. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1938, was a postgraduate Henry Fellow at Cambridge University in England from 1938 to 1939, and a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1939 to 1942. He was with the Office of War Information from 1942 through 1943 and the Office of Strategic Services from 1943 to 1945. In 1945, he served in the United States Army. Following the war, he was an associate professor at Harvard from 1946 to 1954 and professor from 1954 to 1961.

During 1948, Schlesinger served as a consultant to the Economic Cooperation Administration and in 1951 and 1952 to the Mutual Security Administration. He was a member of Adlai Stevenson''s campaign staff in 1952 and 1956. In 1960, he worked as a speechwriter in John F. Kennedy''s presidential campaign. He was appointed Special Assistant to the President by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and held the position until 1964. He served as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1966. He was appointed Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at the City University of New York in 1966 and held this position until his retirement in 1994.