Boston historian William M. Fowler, Jr. to receive award

January 12, 2018

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, I will present a Lifetime Achievement Award in History and Biography on behalf of the New England Historic Genealogical Society to author and historian William M. Fowler, Jr., one of the giants of the Boston history community, at the Harvard Club of Boston.


Bill is the author of many acclaimed books, including The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock (1980), Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783–1815 (1984), Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War (1990), Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides (1995), Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan (1997), Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America, 1754–1763 (2005), An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781–1783 (2011), and Steam Titans: Cunard, Collins, and the Epic Battle for Commerce on the North Atlantic (2017).


He has been a great friend and mentor to me and many others over many years and it will be a true pleasure to honor him. Bill has served as Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Editor of The New England Quarterly, and has chaired the Board of Trustees of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, etc. Please join us! Details at



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