Joseph Ellis - age: 78

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ABOUT

Notable for his Pulitzer Prize-winning historical book Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation and for his National Book Award-winning work American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Ellis also wrote several works focusing on the lives of first and second United States Presidents George Washington and John Adams.He stirred controversy and was temporarily relieved of his teaching duties at Mount Holyoke College after he falsely claimed both to his university students and to media outlets that he had served in the Vietnam War.Ellis' works and those of fellow historical writer Douglass Adair both focus on the United States' Founding Fathers.

BEFORE FAME

After graduating from Virginia's College of William and Mary, he earned his doctorate from Yale University and subsequently taught at the U.S. Military Academy, followed by Mount Holyoke College.

PERSONAL LIFE

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, he later settled in Amherst, Massachusetts. His marriage to Ellen Wilkins Ellis resulted in three children.

The meaning of the name Ellis: The Lord Is My God

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Novelist Joseph Ellis were born on Sunday, birthstone is Ruby, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of Goat, it is 197 days until Joseph Ellis next birthday.

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