Ari Hoogenboom

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Ari Hoogenboom
BornAri Arthur Hoogenboom
(1927-11-28)November 28, 1927
New York City, U.S.
DiedOctober 25, 2014(2014-10-25) (aged 86)
New York City, U.S.
  • Academic
  • educator
  • historian
EducationAtlantic Union College
Columbia University
SubjectAmerican history
Olive Youngberg
(m. 1949)

Ari Arthur Hoogenboom (November 28, 1927 – October 25, 2014) was professor emeritus of history at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York. He was a scholar of the Gilded Age, particularly regarding the life and presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hoogenboom grew up in the Queens borough of New York City, where he graduated from John Adams High School. He later earned a bachelor's degree from Atlantic Union College. There, he met and married his wife Olive, with whom he would later collaborate on several books. He went to graduate school at Columbia University, where he earned his MA and PhD, and was a student of David Herbert Donald.[2] He taught history from 1956-58 at the University of Texas at El Paso, and from 1958-68 at Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965.[3] From 1968 to 1998 he taught at Brooklyn College.

After his retirement from Brooklyn College, Hoogenboom authored Rutherford B. Hayes: One of the Good Colonels, and Gustavus Vasa Fox of the Union Navy: A Biography, about Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Fox. He worked with his wife Olive on a book that she was writing, Washington Women: The Woodbury Sisters.[4]


Hoogenboom died in 2014, aged 86, from complications of mesothelioma.[4]


Title Year Publisher Subject matter
Outlawing the Spoils: A History of the Civil Service Reform Movement, 1865-1883 1961 U.S. Civil Service Reform
Spoilsmen and Reformers (editor) 1964 Rand McNally & Co. civil service reform, spoils system
The Enterprising Colonials: Society on the Eve of the Revolution (with William S. Sachs) 1965
History of Pennsylvania (with Phillip S. Klein) 1973 History of Pennsylvania
A History of the ICC: From Panacea to Palliative (with Olive Hoogenboom) 1976 Interstate Commerce Commission
The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes 1988 University Press of Kansas Rutherford B. Hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President 1995 University Press of Kansas Rutherford B. Hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes: One of the Good Colonels 1999 State House Press Rutherford B. Hayes
Gustavus Vasa Fox of the Union Navy: A Biography 2008 Johns Hopkins University Press Gustavus Fox
The Gilded Age The Gilded Age


  1. ^ "Former Faculty". CUNY Brooklyn History Department. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "C-SPAN Booknotes - Ari Hoogenboom: Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President". C-SPAN. July 2, 1995. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Fellows". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "ARI HOOGENBOOM Obituary". The New York Times. October 28, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.

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