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Lewis E. Lehrman, Chairman
Lewis E. Lehrman

Lewis E. Lehrman

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1938, Lewis E. Lehrman received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University in 1960, after which he won a Carnegie Teaching Fellowship as an instructor of history on the Yale faculty. Subsequently, he received his master's degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow from Harvard University. He also has been awarded Honorary Degrees from Babson College (Babson Park, MA), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Marymount University (Arlington, VA) and Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA). In 2005, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in an Oval office ceremony. He is presently Senior Partner, L. E. Lehrman & Co., an investment firm he established.

Lehrman ran for Governor of New York in January 1982. Nominated by both the Conservative and Republican parties of New York, Lehrman launched a campaign to rebuild New York, losing narrowly to Mario Cuomo.

In 1983, Lehrman was the Cardinal Cooke honoree of the Archdiocese of New York for his early work in developing the Inner City Scholarship Fund. He has been a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute, the Morgan Library, the Manhattan Institute and the Heritage Foundation. He is a former Chairman of the Committee on Humanities of the Yale University Council.

In April of 1987, Lehrman joined Morgan Stanley & Company, investment bankers, as a Senior Advisor and a Director of Morgan Stanley Asset Management. In 1988, he became a Managing Director of the firm.

Lehrman is the author of Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point (Stackpole Books, 2008), Churchill, Roosevelt & Company; Studies in Character and Statecraft (Stackpole Books, 2017), Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War (Stackpole Books, 2018), The True Gold Standard (TLI, 2011, 2013), Money, Gold, and History (TLI, 2013), and Lincoln "by littles" (TLI, 2013). He is editor of the second edition of Money and the Coming World Order (TLI, 2012). He has written for publications such as Harper's, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Greenwich Time, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the New York Sun, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator and Policy Review.

Lehrman actively lectures and writes on economics and American history. He has published numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton and other historical figures in addition to teaching a seminar on Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg College. He is the managing partner of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, a national resource of American historical documents, now on deposit at the New-York Historical Society, where he is also a trustee. Lehrman is co-founder of the Lincoln Prize, given annually to the best scholarly work published on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He is co-chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History which promotes the teaching of history in American high schools and colleges through seminars, workshops and an extensive website featuring original documents. The Gilder Lehrman Institute is a co-sponsor of the George Washington Book Prize. Lehrman is a trustee of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition which gives the annual Frederick Douglass prize. In November 2010, Messrs Gilder and Lehrman received the William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship for their work promoting the study of American history through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

He is chairman of The Lehrman Institute, a public policy research and grant making foundation founded in 1972. The Lehrman Institute created AbrahamLincoln.org, which has promoted the study of America's 16th president - particularly through six web sites (see: www.abrahamlincoln.org)

Lewis and Louise Lehrman were married in 1966; they have five children and eleven grandchildren.

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