An outstanding authority on the history of U.S. diplomacy, Samuel Bemis taught history at several schools before joining the faculty of Yale University in 1935. In 1945 he became Sterling Professor of Diplomatic History and International Relations at Yale, where he remained until 1960. Bemis, who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1891 and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, won two Pulitzer Prizes. The first was in history for Pinckney's Treaty (1926); the second was in biography for John Quincy Adams (1949). Bemis served as president of the American Historical Association and for many years was advisory editor for the series The American Secretaries of State and Their Diplomacy.
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