Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009), a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book was honored as a best book of 2009 by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, St. 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.”
White is also the author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002), honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (2005), a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
He has two forthcoming books Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Lincoln in Private.
He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour. Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA, 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 D. H. L. [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, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum since May 2013. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.
Ron has spoken at several Trinity Forum Evening Conversations on topics such as American presidencies and their significance today, including:
American Ulysses, Evening Conversation on October 4, 2016.
Lincoln’s Sermon on the Mount: The Second Inaugural Address, Evening Conversation on April 2, 2013.
Leadership in Tumultuous Times, Online Conversation on May 8, 2020.
Related Trinity Forum Readings
Purchase a copy of our Trinity Forum Reading, Abraham Lincoln: The Spiritual Growth of a Public Man by Elton Trueblood featuring an original preface by Ron White.
Publications and Scholarly Work
- Lincoln in Private (2021)
- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (2021)
- American Ulysses (2017)
- A. Lincoln (2010)
- The Eloquent President (2006)
- Lincoln’s Greatest Speech (2006)