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James Thomas Flexner

James Thomas Flexner, American author. Library. Congress grantee, 1945; Guggenheim fellow, 1953, 79; recipient Pulitzer Prize special citation, 1972, Archives American Art award Smithsonian Institute, 1979, Gold medal American Academy Institute Arts and Letters, 1988.

Background

  • Flexner, James Thomas was born on January 13, 1908 in New York City. Son of Simon and Helen (Thomas) Flexner.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Lincoln School of Teachers College, Columbia University, 1925. Bachelor of Science magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1929. Doctor of Humane Letters, Eastern Illinois University, 1985.

    Career

    • Reporter New York Herald Tribune, 1929-1931. Executive secretary Noise Abatement Commission, New York City Department of Health, 1931-1932. Consultant Colonial Williamsburg, 1956-1957, Amon Carter Museum Western Art, 1974-1975.

      Lecturer on founding fathers, history of America art and civilization.

    Works

    • John Singleton Copley
    • A book for both the general reader of American history and the student of art, Flexner's study of Copley (1738-1815) brings into vivid detail the struggle the artist endured against an unfavorable environment in the New World, his rise to fame, the development of his unique style, and the personal growth of the man who became America's first great artist.
    • Maverick's Progress: An Autobiography
    • National book Award laureate; recipient of Special Pulitzer Prize citation; winner of the Life in America Prize the Archives of American Art Award; among many others, James Thomas Flexner has written with distinction about American history and art.
    • Maverick's Progress: An Autobiography
    • National book Award laureate; recipient of Special Pulitzer Prize citation; winner of the Life in America Prize the Archives of American Art Award; among many others, James Thomas Flexner has written with distinction about American history and art.
    • Washington: The Indispensable Man
    • After more than two decades, this dramatic and concise single volume distillation of Flexner's definitive four volume biography George Washington, which received a Pulitzer Prize citation has itself become an American classic.

    Membership

    Trustee emeritus New York Public Library. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (president 1954-1955, honorary vice president 1963-1966), Society of America Historians (president 1975-1977), American Academy Institute Arts and Letters (vice president for literature 1981-1985, Gold medal 1988), Autthors League of America, Century Association, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Century (honorary).

    Connections

    • Married Beatrice Hudson, 1950. 1 child, Helen Hudson.
    • father: Simon Flexner
    • mother: Helen (Thomas) Flexner
    • spouse: Beatrice Hudson
    • child: Helen Hudson Flexner
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    Born January 13, 1908
    Died February 13, 2003
    (aged 95)
    Nationality
    • 1925
      Lincoln School of Teachers College
    • 1929
      Harvard University
    • 1985
      Eastern Illinois University
    • 1929 - 1931
      Reporter New York Herald Tribune
    • 1931 - 1932
      executive, secretary Noise Abatement Commission