Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer is the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as senior vice president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also served for six years as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and the previous 10 years as co-chair of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 52 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His new book, Monument Man, is the story of sculptor and artist Daniel Chester French. His recent Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, won the Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, The Mark Lynton History Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is now a Trustee of The Met. Holzer also appears frequently on C-SPAN and the History Channel, has served as an on-air commentator on CBS, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and the BBC, and has created and performed Lincoln programs onstage with such actors as F. Murray Abraham, Alex Baldwin, Annette Benning, Kathleen Chalfant, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Stephen Lang, Norm Lewis, Liam Neeson, Chris Noth, Anna Deavere Smith, Fritz Weaver, and Dianne Wiest. He and his wife Edith live in Rye, New York, and have two grown daughters and a grandson.