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Award-Wining Historian, Dr. John Y. Simon, to Discuss Ulysses S. Grant at OWU

March 16, 2005

[ John Simon ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. John Y. Simon, Ph.D., executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, will speak at Ohio Wesleyan as part of the Richard W. Smith Civil War History Lecture Series on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Rooms. In his lecture entitled "Ulysses S. Grant's Image: Yesterday and Today," Simon will explore the complex ways Grant has been viewed by his contemporaries and modern-day historians.
A professor of history at Southern Illinois University, Simon is one of the nation's preeminent experts on Grant, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He has spent more than 42 years compiling over 200,000 documents focusing on Grant, from which he has published the 26-volume "Papers of Ulysses S. Grant." Considered to be "the dean of American documentary editors," Simon plans to add another eight volumes to the extensive set.
Simon recently won the Richard N. Current Award of Achievement, the prestigious lifetime achievement award from The Lincoln Forum. His work is so widely respected that Harold Holzer, vice chairperson of the Forum, said, "No historian will ever again write a book about the Civil War without consulting this essential and outstanding source."
The recipient of many other awards, including a Lincoln Prize for Special Achievement in 2004, Simon received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
The Richard W. Smith Civil War History Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, call (740)-368-3321.