Position

AHA President, 1950

Institution

Harvard University

Samuel Eliot Morison (July 9, 1887–May 15, 1976) was professor of history at Harvard University. Known for his works on maritime history, Morison’s service in the US Navy during the Second World War provided firsthand research for his 15-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Among other awards and honors, he received two Pulitzer Prizes, two Bancroft Prizes, the Balzan Prize, the Legion of Merit, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Bibliography

The life and letters of Harrison Gray Otis, Federalist, 1765-1848, by Samuel Eliot Morison with portraits and other illustrations. 2 vols. Boston, New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913.

William Knox on American taxation, 1769; ed. by S. E. Morison. Boston: Old South Association, 1917.

The maritime history of Massachusetts, 1783-1860, by Samuel Eliot Morison. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1921.

Paul Revere’s own account of his midnight ride, April 18-19, 1775. With a short account of his life, by S.E. Morison. Boston, Old South Association, 1922.

Sources and documents illustrating the American Revolution, 1764-1788, and the formation of the Federal Constitution, selected and edited by S.E. Morison Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1923.

The Oxford history of the United States, 1783-1917, by S.E. Morison. 2 vols. Oxford University Press, 1927.

An hour of American history, from Columbus to Coolidge, by Samuel Eliot Morison. New York and London: J.B. Lippincott, 1929.

The Development of Harvard university since the inauguration of President Eliot, 1869-1929. Edited by Samuel Eliot Morison. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1930.

The growth of the American republic, by Samuel Eliot Morison and Henry Steele Commager. New York: Oxford University Press, 1930.

The young man Washington, by Samuel Eliot Morison. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1932.

Harvard college in the seventeenth century, by Samuel Eliot Morison. 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1936.

The founding of Harvard College, by Samuel Eliot Morison. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, c1995.

The Puritan pronaos; studies in the intellectual life of New England in the seventeenth century, by Samuel Eliot Morison. New York: New York University Press; London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1936.

The growth of the American republic. Rev. and enl. ed. 2 vols. New York, London: Oxford university press, 1937; 7th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

The second voyage of Christopher Columbus from Cadiz to Hispaniola and the discovery of the Lesser Antilles, by S.E. Morison. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1939.

The log cabin myth; a study of the early dwellings of the English colonists in North America, by Harold R. Shurtleff; edited with an introduction by Samuel Eliot Morison. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1939.

Portuguese voyages to America in the fifteenth century, by Samuel Eliot Morison. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1940.

Admiral of the ocean sea, a life of Christopher Columbus, by Samuel Eliot Morison. Maps by Erwin Raisz. Drawings by Bertram Greene. Boston: Little, Brown, 1942; New York: MJF Books, 1997.

History of United States naval operations in World War II. 1st ed. 15 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1947-62; Reprint, with an introduction by Dudley Wright Knox. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001-02.

Freedom in contemporary society. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1956.

The intellectual life of colonial New England. 2d ed. New York: New York University Press, 1956; Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980.

Strategy and compromise. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1958.

William Hickling Prescott, 1796-1859. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1958.

John Paul Jones, a sailor’s biography. With charts and diagrs. by Erwin Raisz and with photos. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1959; Reprint, with an introduction by James C. Bradford. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1999.

The story of Mount Desert Island, Maine. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960.

The scholar in America: past, present, and future. 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1961.

One boy’s Boston, 1887-1901. By Samuel Eliot Morison. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962. One boy’s Boston, 1887-1901; Reprint, with a foreword by Edward Weeks. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1983.

The two ocean war, a short history of the United States Navy in the Second World War. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1963; Reprint, Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.

Vistas of history. 1st ed. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1964.

“Old Bruin”: Commodore Matthew C. Perry, 1794-1858; the American naval officer who helped found Liberia. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1967.

Dissent in three American wars, by Samuel Eliot Morison, Frederick Merk, and Frank Freidel. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1970.

Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647, by William Bradford; the complete text, with notes and an introduction by Samuel Eliot Morison. New ed. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2001.

The Oxford history of the American people, Samuel Eliot Morison. New York: Meridan, 1994.

The European discovery of America. Samuel Eliot Morison. 2 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Those misunderstood Puritans, by Samuel Eliot Morison; with an introduction by Francis J. Bremer. North Brookfield, Mass.: Sun Hill Press, 1992.

Sailor historian: the best of Samuel Eliot Morison, edited by Emily Morison Beck; foreword by Walter Muir Whitehill; some reflections on style by David McCord. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989; 1977.