Historical Hall of Fame: Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 – 1953) was an American historian, biographer, newspaper editor,
and Pulitzer Prize-wining author.
Virginia History Series
Douglas Southall Freeman was born May 16, 1886 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
In 1904, Freeman was awarded an AB degree from Richmond
College, where he had been a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. In 1908, at the age of 22, he earned a PhD in history at Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore. Unable to secure a position in academia, Freeman joined the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in
1909; and, in 1915, at the age of 29, he became editor of The Richmond News Leader—a position he held for 34 years
served the University of Richmond as a member of the Board of Trustees for 25 years, 16 of them as rector.
As an author, Dr.
Freeman is best known for his multi-volume biographies of Robert E. Lee and George Washington, for which he was awarded
two Pulitzer Prizes.
Six Volume Biography of George Washington