Ronald C. White, Jr. Senior Fellow

Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography, named a bestseller at The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. The book was honored as a best book of 2009 by The Washington Post, Christian Science MonitorSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, History Book Club, and Barnes & Noble. His Lincoln biography won the coveted Christopher Award in 2009 which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”

Dr. White is also the author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, honored as a Notable Book of 2002 by The New York Times and as a bestseller by The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle, and he is author of The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, named a bestseller by The Los Angeles Times and a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club. In 2022, the Civil War Round Table of New York awarded White’s book Lincoln in Private the Benjamin Barondess Award.

He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour. White is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary, with a Ph.D. in religion and history from Princeton University. He has studied at Lincoln Theological College in England. He has been honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters from Whitworth University. He has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Rider University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Visiting Professor of History at UCLA

He has spoken on Lincoln in England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.

Speaker’s Bureau

May 7th, 2021 | “Lincoln in Private: Leadership Behind Closed Doors” an Online Conversation with Ron White

May 8th, 2020 | “Leadership in Tumultuous Times” an Online Conversation with Ron White

October 4th, 2016 | “The Story of  Ulysses S. Grant” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with Ron White

April 2nd, 2013 | “Lincoln’s Sermon on the Mount: The Second Inaugural Address” an Evening Conversation in Nashville, TN with Ron White

Related Trinity Forum Readings

Abraham Lincoln: The Spiritual Growth of a Public Man” by Elton Trueblood, featuring an original introduction by Ron White

Publications and Scholarly Work

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (2021)

Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President (2021)

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (2017)

A. Lincoln: A Biography (2010)

Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2006)

The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Own Words (2006)

Recent Articles

Why Ulysses S. Grant’s Reputation Improves As Other Presidents Lose Stature (2019)