Michael F. Holt

Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, Emeritus

Field & Specialties

Nineteenth Century U.S., Political


B.A. Princeton 1962
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins 1967


Publications, Awards, and Activities

Franklin Pierce, Times Books, 2010.

By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876, University Press of Kansas, 2008.

The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War, Hill & Wang, 2004.

Co-author with Jean H. Baker and David Herberd Donald The Civil War and Reconstruction, 3rd ed revised, W.W. Norton, 2001

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War, Oxford U. Press, 1999

Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the age of Lincoln, LSU Press, 1992.

Co-editor, A Master's Due: Essays in Honor of David Herbert Donald. Louisiana State University Press, 1985. With William J. Cooper, Jr. and John McCardell.

The Political Crisis of the 1850s. John Wiley & Sons, 1978.

Forging a Majority: The Formation of the Republican Party in Pittsburgh, 1848-1860. Yale University Press, 1969.

"Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Union," in John L. Thomas, ed., Abraham Lincoln and the American Political Tradition. University of Massachusetts Press, 1986.

"The Election of 1840, Voter Mobilizations, and the Emergence of the Second American Party System: A Reappraisal of Jacksonian Voting Behavior," in Cooper, Holt, and McCardell, eds., A Master's Due.

Runner up for the Lincoln Prize, 2000

Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, Cambridge University, 1993-94

Fellow of the National Humanities Center, 1987-88.

Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1981-82.

William B. Cardozo Visiting Lecturer, Yale University, Spring 1979.

National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship, 1976-77.