Gabor Boritt has served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force as a teacher and as a loving mentor to a generation of students at Gettysburg College.
He was born and raised in Hungary and educated in South Dakota and Massachusetts.
At Gettysburg he serves as the founder and director of the Civil War Institute, Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies, and co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the $60,000 Lincoln Prizes. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth Lincoln Norseen, on a farm outside of Gettysburg, where they have raised three sons. The eldest, Beowulf, is a stage designer on Broadway; the middle, Jake, is a filmmaker; and the youngest, Dan, works at the National Zoo and is currently on a Smithsonian expedition to Antarctica.
Boritt has held visiting appointments at the universities of Cambridge, Harvard, London, and Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is author, co-author, and editor of fifteen books on Lincoln and the Civil War, many of them Book of the Month Club and History Book Club selections.
Boritt has received various awards, fellowships, an honorary degree, and has been selected distinguished alumnus of his undergraduate institution, Yankton College, and his graduate school, Boston University. His current book from Oxford University Press is The Gettsyburg Gospel.
Appointed by the majority leader of the Senate.