Albert J. Beveridge - Biography - Historian


As his political career drew to a close, Beveridge dedicated his time to writing historical literature. He was a member and secretary of the American Historical Association (AHA). His four-volume set The Life of John Marshall, published from 1916 to 1919, won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize.

Beveridge spent most of his final years after his 1922 defeat writing a two volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (two volumes because the work was only half completed), which was published in 1928, the year after his death (he died in Indianapolis, Indiana, aged 64). His accumulated materials for the continuance of the project were handed on to Carl Sandburg at his wife Catherine's request. That same year the AHA established the Beveridge Award in his memory, through a gift from Catherine Beveridge and donations from members.

There is a famous lost film of Leo Tolstoy made a decade before he died. In 1901, the American travel lecturer Burton Holmes visited Yasnaya Polyana with Albert J. Beveridge. As the three men conversed, Holmes filmed Tolstoy with his 60-mm movie camera. Afterwards, Beveridge's advisers succeeded in having the film destroyed, fearing that documentary evidence of a meeting with the Russian author might hurt Beveridge's chances of running for the U.S. presidency.

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