David McCullough Biography
Who is David McCullough?
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough has died at 89.
The world-renowned historian died Sunday at his home in Singham, Massachusetts, his daughter confirmed to The New York Times.
cause of death
His daughter did not disclose the cause of death.
Author David McCullough dies at 89
In a career spanning more than five years, McCullough has written novels about the creation of the Panama Canal and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Two of McCullough’s most famous works, 1992’s biography of President Harry Truman and 2001’s presidential biography of John Adams, won Pulitzer Prizes and were made into TV miniseries.
He also won a National Book Award for “The Road Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal” in 1977 and “Morning on Horseback” in 1981.
The Pittsburgh native was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President George W. Bush in 2006.
During the ceremony, Bush said: “For those who question the importance of history, David likes to quote Harry Truman, who said, ‘The only new thing in the world is history that you don’t know.’
“David McCullough reminds us, ‘The laws we live by, the freedoms we enjoy, the institutions we take for granted … are the work of others who came before us.'”
Co-author Jon Meacham mourned McCullough’s death on Twitter, saying: “A generous man who chose to believe in the best of America and America. May the light of eternity shine on him.”
Walter Isaacson, author of Code Breaker, shared: “His excellence as a writer is matched by his honor, kindness and sweetness as a human being. He is a consummate storyteller and gentleman.”
McCullough’s death comes just two months after his wife Rosalie Barnes died at her home on June 9.
In her obituary on MV Times, she wrote: “Those who knew her admired Rosalie for her kindness, honesty, optimism, energy, humor, grace, strong and balanced mind, and love of conversation.
“She’s always productive and helpful to her extended family, she’s down to earth, she loves a good party and she loves to dance.
“He always offered great insight and wisdom when asked. He relied on her as her moral compass.”