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educator , historian

Daniel Walker Howe, American historian, educator. Kent fellow Danforth Foundation, 1964-1966; Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History fellow, 1970-1971; National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1975-1976; Guggenheim fellow, 1984-1985; Huntington Library. fellow, 1992, 94, 2002-2003.


Howe, Daniel Walker was born on January 10, 1937 in Ogden, Utah, United States. Son of Maurice Langdon and Lucie (Walker) Howe.


AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1959;Master of Arts, Oxford (England) University, 1965;Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1966.


He is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University in England and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Weber State University in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University in 1959, magna cum laude in American history and literature, and his Ph.D. in history at University of California, Berkeley in 1966.

Howe's connection with Oxford University began when he matriculated at Magdalen College to read modern history in 1960, receiving his M.A. in 1965. Howe has taught at Yale University (1966-73), UCLA (1973-92), where he chaired the history department, and Oxford (1992-2002). In 2011 he spent a semester as a visiting professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 1989–1990 Howe was Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford and a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford.


  • He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for History for What Hath God Wrought (2007), his most famous book. He was president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2001, and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Historical Society.



Served to lieutenant United States Army, 1959-1960. Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences, St. Catherine's College (Oxford), Royal History Society. Member: New York History Society, American Historian Laureate, American History Association, Society Historians Early American Republican (president 2000-2001), Society Am Historians, Jonathan Club (Los Angeles), Oxford and Cambridge Club (London).


Married Sandra Fay Shumway, September 3, 1961. Children: Rebecca, Christopher, Stephen.

Maurice Langdon Howe

Lucie (Walker) Howe

Sandra Fay Shumway

Rebecca Howe

Christopher Howe

Stephen Howe