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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Norton Smith  

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Born: 1953 in Leominster, MA

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Richard was appointed Founding Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Smith graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1975 with a degree in government. Following graduation he worked as a White House intern and as a free lance writer for The Washington Post. He became a speech writer for Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke, and then Senator Bob Dole, with whom he has collaborated on numerous projects over the years.Between 1987 and 2001, Smith updated and expanded several US presidential libraries. He was Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa. He then worked for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Center in Abilene, Kansas, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the associated organizations in Simi Valley, California, the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When the museum was rededicated in 1997. In 1990 he organized the Eisenhower Centennial on behalf of the National Archives.In 2001 Smith became director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. In October, 2003 he was appointed Founding Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, in Springfield, Illinois. About the same time, Smith also served as Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, which doubled its endowment.As of 2010 Smith was a Scholar-in-Residence in History and Public Policy at George Mason University in suburban Washington, DC.


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Awards

-- *Goldsmith Book Prize, ''Robert R. McCormick The Colonel