CLEMSON — Clemson University professor Vernon Burton has been elected into the Society of American Historians in recognition of the literary and scholarly distinction of his historical writing.

Burton is director of the Clemson University Cyberinstitute and professor of history and computer science. He has written more than 200 scholarly articles and is the author or editor of 16 books, including “The Age of Lincoln,” published in 2007. “The Age of Lincoln” won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Literary Award for Nonfiction and was selected for Book of the Month Club, History Book Club and Military Book Club.  One reviewer wrote, “If the Civil War era was America's ‘Iliad,’ then historian Orville Vernon Burton is our latest Homer.”

The Society of American Historians was founded in 1939 to promote literary distinction in historical writing. Membership includes both academic historians and professional writers of American history, is by invitation only and is limited to 250 authors and 14 publishers. Their selection is based on a demonstrated commitment to the concept of literary distinction in the writing and publishing of history and biography.

When hearing of his selection, Burton, said, “I am honored and humbled to be inducted into this distinguished group of historians.”

A native of Ninety Six, S.C., Burton received his undergraduate degree at Furman University and his Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University. He joined Clemson’s faculty in 2010. Burton and his wife, Georgeanne, live on Clemson’s campus as inaugural participants in Clemson’s Faculty in Residence program.


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