Dumas Malone…

was born in Coldwater, Michigan, on this date in 1892.

Professor Malone, who died in 1986, was a historian, biographer and editor. His foremost work, the six volume Jefferson and His Time, is the most authoritative biography of the William and Mary alumnus who became author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia. The last volume, Sage of Monticello was completed when Malone was 89 years-old.

Dumas Malone was presented the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan in 1983.