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Paul Horgan

Paul Horgan, American writer, educator.


  • Horgan, Paul was born on August 1, 1903 in Buffalo. Son of Edward Daniel and Rose Marie (Rohr) Horgan.

  • Education

    • Student, New Mexico Military Institute, 1923. Doctor of Letters, Wesleyan University, 1956. Doctor of Letters, Southern Methodist University, 1957.

      Doctor of Letters, Notre Dame University, 1958. Doctor of Letters, Boston College, 1958. Doctor of Letters, New Mexico State University, 1962.

      Doctor of Letters, College Holy Cross, 1963. Doctor of Letters, University New Mexico, 1963. Doctor of Letters, Fairfield University, 1964.

      Doctor of Letters, St. Mary's College, 1976. Doctor of Letters, Yale University, 1977. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Canisius College, 1960.

      Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Georgetown University, 1962. Doctor of Letters, D'Youville College, 1965. Doctor of Letters, Pace University, 1968.

      Doctor of Letters, Loyola College, Baltimore, 1968. Doctor of Letters, Lincoln College, 1968. Doctor of Letters, St. Bonaventure University, 1970.

      Doctor of Letters, Catholic University, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters, LaSalle College, 1971. Doctor of Humane Letters, University Hartford, 1987.


    • Production staff Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York, 1923-1926. Librarian New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, 1926-1942, assistant to president, 1947. Senior fellow Center Advanced Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1959-1961, director, 1962-1967, senior fellow in letters, 1967-1968, adjunct professor English, 1967-1971, professor emeritus, 1971-1995, author in residence, 1971-1995.

      Lecturer Graduate School Letters, University Iowa, February-June 1946. Lecturer English, Saybrook College, Yale University, 1969. Honorary trustee Aspen Institute Humanistic Studies, scholar in residence, 1968, 70, 71, 73.

      Past member National Council Humanities. Member national advisory board Center for the Book, Library. of Congress, 1978-1995. Past member board of judges Book of Month Club.


    • A Distant Trumpet (Nonpareil Books)
    • Originally published in 1960 selling half a million copies at the time and first reissued as a Nonpareil paperback in 1991, this immensely popular work of fiction has attracted, informed, and been embraced by a whole new generation of readers.
    • Citizen of New Salem
    • In honor of the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration, the Editors of "The Saturday Evening Post" asked the author to write this essay in biography devoted to Lincoln's formative years as a young citizen of New Salem, Illinois.
    • Josiah Gregg and His Vision of the Early West
    • The fame of Josiah Gregg, a native of Tennessee, rests chiefly on his classic account of the Santa Fe Trail, "Commerce of the Prairies" (1844), a ground-breaking work in the historiography of the American West.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Chairman board Santa Fe Opera, 1958-1969, member, 1969-1995. Member advisory board John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1963-1969. President board directors Roswell Museum, 1948-1955.

    Member board Roswell Public Library, 1958-1962, honorary member, 1962-1995. Honorary life fellow School American Research. Fellow Pierpont Morgan Library, 1974-1995, member council, 1975-1979, 82-83, life fellow, 1977-1995.

    Trustee Associates Yale University Library, 1976-1979. Board directors Witter Bynner Foundation, 1972-1979. Founding trustee Lincoln County (New Mexico) Heritage Trust, 1976-1995.

    Served from captain to lieutenant colonel Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Recalled temporary active duty general staff Department Army, 1952, Washington. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Connecticut Academy Arts and Sciences.

    Member American Catholic History Association (president 1960), Wesleyan Writers Conference (advisory board), American Academy Arts and Letters, Society of America Historians, Athenaeum Club (London), Phi Beta Kappa (orator 1973, honorary Alpha of Connecticut chapter).
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    Born August 1, 1903
    Died March 8, 1995
    (aged 91)
    • 1923
      New Mexico Military Institute
    • 1956
      Wesleyan University
    • 1957
      Southern Methodist University
    • 1958
      Notre Dame University
    • 1958
      Boston College
    • 1962
      New Mexico State University
    • 1963
      College Holy Cross
    • 1963
      University New Mexico
    • 1964
      Fairfield University
    • 1976
      St. Mary's College
    • 1977
      Yale University
    • 1960
      Canisius College
    • 1962
      Georgetown University
    • 1965
      D'Youville College
    • 1968
      Pace University
    • 1968
      Loyola College
    • 1968
      Lincoln College
    • 1970
      St. Bonaventure University
    • 1973
      Catholic University
    • 1971
      LaSalle College
    • 1987
      University Hartford
    • 1923 - 1926
      Production staff Eastman Theatre
      Rochester, New York, United States
    • 1926 - 1942
      librarian New Mexico Military Institute
      Roswell, New Mexico, United States
    • 1959 - 1961
      senior, fellow Center Advanced Studies
      Middletown, New Jersey, United States
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