Presidential Addresses By Year

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1884 Andrew Dickson White, On Studies in General History and the History of Civilization

1885 Andrew Dickson White, The Influence of American Ideas upon the French Revolution

1886 George Bancroft, On Self Government

1887 Justin Winsor, Manuscript Sources of American History: The Conspicuous Collections Extant

1888 William F. Poole, The Early Northwest

1889 Charles K. Adams, Recent Historical Work in the Colleges and Universities of Europe and America


1890 John Jay, The Demand for Education in American History

1891 William Wirt Henry, The Causes which Produced the Virginia of the Revolutionary Period

1893 James Burrill Angell, The Inadequate Recognition of Diplomatists by Historians

1894 Henry Adams, The Tendency of History

1895 George Frisbie Hoar, Popular Discontent with Representative Government

1896 Richard Salter Storrs, Contributions Made to our National Development by Plain Men

1897 James Schouler, A New Federal Convention

1898 George Park Fisher, The Function of the Historian as Judge of Historic Persons

1899 James Ford Rhodes, History


1900 Edward Eggleston, The New History

1901 Charles F. Adams, An Undeveloped Function

1902 Alfred Thayer Mahan, Subordinaton in Historical Treatment

1903 Henry Charles Lea, Ethical Values in History

1904 Goldwin Smith, The Treatment of History

1905 John Bach McMaster, Old Standards of Public Morals

1906 Simeon E. Baldwin, Religion Still the Key to History

1907 J. Franklin Jameson, The American Acta Sanctorum

1908 George Burton Adams, History and the Philosophy of History

1909 Albert Bushnell Hart, Imagination in History


1910 Frederick J. Turner, Social Forces in American History

1911 William M. Sloane, The Substance and Vision of History

1912 Theodore Roosevelt, History as Literature

1913 William A. Dunning, Truth in History

1914 Andrew C. McLaughlin, American History and American Democracy

1915 H. Morse Stephens, Nationality and History

1916 George Lincoln Burr, The Freedom of History

1917 Worthington C. Ford, The Editorial Function in United States History

1918–19 William R. Thayer, Vagaries of Historians


1920 Edward Channing, An Historical Retrospect

1921 Jean Jules Jusserand, The School for Ambassadors

1922 Charles H. Haskins, European History and American Scholarship

1923 Edward P. Cheyney, Law in History

1924 Woodrow Wilson (passed away before the completion of his term)

1924 Charles M. Andrews, These Forty Years

1925 Charles M. Andrews, The American Revolution: An Interpretation

1926 Dana C. Munro, War and History

1927 Henry Osborn Taylor, A Layman’s View of History

1928 James H. Breasted, The New Crusade

1929 James Harvey Robinson, The Newer Ways of Historians


1930 Evarts Boutell Greene, Persistent Problems of Church and State

1931 Carl Lotus Becker, Everyman His Own Historian

1932 Herbert Eugene Bolton, The Epic of Greater America

1933 Charles A. Beard, Written History as an Act of Faith

1934 William E. Dodd, The Emergence of the First Social Order in the United States

1935 Michael I. Rostovtzeff, The Hellenistic World and its Economic Development

1936 Charles McIlwain, The Historian’s Part in a Changing World

1937 Guy Stanton Ford, Some Suggestions to American Historians

1938 Laurence M. Larson (passed away before the completion of his term)

1938 Frederic L. Paxson, The Great Demobilization

1939 William Scott Ferguson, Polis and Idia in Periclean Athens


1940 Max Farrand, The Quality of Distinction

1941 James Westfall Thompson, The Age of Mabillon and Montfaucon

1942 Arthur M. Schlesinger, “What Then Is the American, This New Man?”

1943 Nellie Neilson, The Early Pattern of the Common Law

1944 William L. Westermann, Between Slavery and Freedom

1945 Carlton J. H. Hayes, The American Frontier—Frontier of What?

1946 Sidney B. Fay, The Idea of Progress

1947 Thomas J. Wertenbaker, The Molding of the Middle West

1948 Kenneth Scott Latourette, The Christian Understanding of History

1949 Conyers Read, The Social Responsibilities of the Historian


1950 Samuel E. Morison, Faith of a Historian

1951 Robert L. Schuyler, The Historical Spirit Incarnate: Frederic William Maitland

1952 James G. Randall, Historianship

1953 Louis Gottschalk, A Professor of History in a Quandary

1954 Merle Curti, Intellectuals and Other People

1955 Lynn Thorndike, Whatever Was, Was Right

1956 Dexter Perkins, We Shall Gladly Teach

1957 William Langer, The Next Assignment

1958 Walter Prescott Webb, History as High Adventure

1959 Allan Nevins, Not Capulets, Not Montagus


1960 Bernadotte E. Schmitt, “With How Little Wisdom...”

1961 Samuel Flagg Bemis, American Foreign Policy and the Blessings of Liberty

1962 Carl Bridenbaugh, The Great Mutation

1963 Crane Brinton, Many Mansions

1964 Julian P. Boyd, A Modest Proposal to Meet an Urgent Need

1965 Frederic C. Lane, At the Roots of Republicanism

1966 Roy F. Nichols, History in a Self-Governing Culture

1967 Hajo Holborn, The History of Ideas

1968 John K. Fairbank, Assignment for the ’70s

1969 C. Vann Woodward, The Future of the Past


1970 R. R. Palmer, The American Historical Association in 1970

1971 David M. Potter (passed away before the completion of his term)

1971 Joseph R. Strayer, The Fourth and the Fourteenth Centuries

1972 Thomas C. Cochran, History and Cultural Crisis

1973 Lynn White Jr., Technology Assessment from the Stance of a Medieval Historian

1974 Lewis Hanke, American Historians and the World Today: Responsibilities and Opportunities

1975 Gordon Wright, History as a Moral Science

1976 Richard B. Morris, “We the People of the United States”: The Bicentennial of a People’s Revolution

1977 Charles Gibson, Conquest, Capitulation, and Indian Treaties

1978 William J. Bouwsma, The Renaissance and the Drama of Western History

1979 John Hope Franklin, Mirror for Americans: A Century of Reconstruction History


1980 David H. Pinkney, American Historians on the European Past

1981 Bernard Bailyn, The Challenge of Modern Historiography

1982 Gordon A. Craig, The Historian and the Study of International Relations

1983 Philip D. Curtin, Depth, Span, and Relevance

1984 Arthur S. Link, The American Historical Association, 1884–1984: Retrospect and Prospect

1985 William H. McNeill, Mythistory, or Truth, Myth, History, and Historians

1986 Carl N. Degler, In Pursuit of an American History

1987 Natalie Z. Davis, History’s Two Bodies

1988 Akira Iriye, The Internationalization of History

1989 Louis R. Harlan, The Future of the American Historical Association


1990 David Herlihy, Family

1991 William E. Leuchtenburg, The Historian and the Public Realm

1992 Frederic E. Wakeman Jr., Voyages

1993 Louise A. Tilly, Connections

1994 Thomas C. Holt, Marking: Race, Race-making, and the Writing of History

1995 John H. Coatsworth, Welfare

1996 Caroline Walker Bynum, Wonder

1997 Joyce Appleby, The Power of History

1998 Joseph C. Miller, History and Africa/Africa and History

1999 Robert Darnton, An Early Information Society: News and the Media in Nineteenth-Century Paris


2000 Eric Foner, American Freedom in Global Age

2001 William Roger Louis, The Dissolution of the British Empire in the Era of Vietnam

2002 Lynn Hunt, The World We Have Gained: The Future of the French Revolution

2003 James M. McPherson, No Peace without Victory, 1861–1865

2004 Jonathan Spence, Cliffhanger Days: A Chinese Family in the Seventeenth Century

2005 James J. Sheehan, The Problem of Sovereignty in European History

2006 Linda K. Kerber, The Stateless as the Citizen’s Other

2007 Barbara Weinstein, Developing Inequality

2008 Gabrielle M. Spiegel, The Task of the Historian

2009 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, An American Album, 1857


2010 Barbara D. Metcalf, Islam and Power in Colonial India: The Making and Unmaking of a Muslim Princess

2011 Anthony Grafton, The Republic of Letters in the American Colonies: Francis Daniel Pastorius Makes a Notebook

2012 William Cronon, Storytelling

2013 Kenneth Pomeranz, Histories for a Less National Age

2014 Jan Goldstein, Toward an Empirical History of Moral Thinking: The Case of Racial Theory in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France

2015 Vicki L. Ruiz, Class Acts: Latina Feminist Traditions, 1900–30

2016 Patrick Manning, Inequality: Historical and Disciplinary Approaches

2017 Tyler Stovall, White Freedom and the Lady of Liberty

2018 Mary Beth Norton, History on the Diagonal

2019 John R. McNeill, Peak Document and the Future of Historical Research


2020 Mary Lindemann, Slow History

2021 Jacqueline Jones, Historians and Their Publics, Then and Now

2022 James H. Sweet, Slave Trading as a Corporate Criminal Conspiracy, from the Calabar Massacre to BLM, 1767–2022

2023 Edward W. Muir, Conversations with the Dead