Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Merrill D. Peterson, R.I.P.

I just saw a post by David Post at Volokh reporting that Merrill D. Peterson died in late September at the age of 88. A little searching turned up additional notices at Reason and the NYT.

I haven't read Prof. Peterson's biography of Thomas Jefferson, but his The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun is a model of political biography that illuminates not just his nominal subjects but the period in which they dominated their country.

R.I.P., Professor.

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