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David Joseph Herlihy, American history educator. Fulbright fellow, 1954-1955; Guggenheim fellow, 1961-1962; fellow American Council Learned Societies, 1966-1967, Center for Advanced Study in Behavorial Sciences, 1972-1973, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1977.


Herlihy, David Joseph was born on May 8, 1930 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Maurice Peter and Irene (O'Connor) Herlihy.


Bachelor, University San Francisco, 1952. Doctor of Humanities (honorary), University San Francisco, 1985. Master of Arts, Catholic University America, 1953.

Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1956.


Particular topics of his included domestic life, especially the roles of women, and the changing structure of the family. His study of the Florentine and Pistoiese Catasto of 1427 is one of the first statistical surveys to use computers to analyse large amounts of data. The resulting book examines statistical patterns in tax-collecting surveys to find indications of social trends.

The University of San Francisco history department named their annual award for the best student-written history paper the David Herlihy Prize, and Brown University has established a David Herlihy University Professorship. “It is not at all certain that the diseases we observe today are the same that troubled our ancestors.”.



Quotations: “It is not at all certain that the diseases we observe today are the same that troubled our ancestors.”.


Fellow Mediaeval Academy American (president 1981-1982). Member American History Association (president 1989-1990), American Catholic History Association (president 1971-1972), Midwest Mediaeval Conference (president 1971-1972), Society Italian History Studies (president 1981-1983), American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society.


Married Patricia McGahey, June 4, 1952. Children: Maurice, Christopher, David, Felix, Gregory, Irene.

Maurice Peter Herlihy

Irene (O'Connor) Herlihy

Patricia McGahey

Maurice Herlihy

Christopher Herlihy

David Herlihy

Felix Herlihy

Gregory Herlihy

Irene Herlihy