Robert Middlekauff

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Robert Lawrence Middlekauff (July 5, 1929 – March 10, 2021) was a professor of colonial and early United States history at the University of California, Berkeley.[1]


In 1983, Middlekauff became the President of Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, until 1987.[2] He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1984.[3] In 1987, Middlekauff became a professor at UC Berkeley.[4]

Middlekauff is best known for The Glorious Cause, a history of the American Revolutionary War, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.[5] He was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History in 1996-7. In 1997, he was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1997.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Yakima, Washington.[5] Middlekauff died at the age of 91 from complications of a stroke on March 10, 2021, in Pleasanton, California.[5][7]

See also[edit]


  • Ancients and Axioms: Secondary Education in Eighteenth-Century New England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1963).
  • The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728, winner of the Bancroft Prize. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971) reprinted in paperback (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982, paperback ed., 1986) (Revised and Expanded Edition, 2005, ISBN 978-0-19-516247-9).
  • Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996; paperback ed., 1998).


  1. ^ "Robert L. Middlekauff". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Expanding the Fellowship". April 19, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Robert Lawrence Middlekauff". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  4. ^ "Skotheim to Direct Huntington Complex". January 30, 1988. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Dixler, Elsa (2021-09-01). "Robert Middlekauff, Historian of Washington and His War, Dies at 91". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-02.
  6. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  7. ^ Pokotylo, Katia (April 9, 2021). "Robert Middlekauff, professor emeritus of American history, dies at age 91". The Daily Californian. Retrieved April 25, 2021.

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