William M. Fowler, Jr. is a Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University. He is the former president of the Alumni Association and former overseer on the board of trustees. In 2000, he received an honorary degree in Humane Letters from the University.
In 1998, the Massachusetts Historical Society appointed Bill as its director. In this role, he oversaw holdings encompassing millions of rare and unique documents, including several imprints of the Declaration of Independence and the Adams family papers. He held that post until 2005 when he resumed teaching at Northeastern.
In addition to teaching at Northeastern, Bill is the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati George Washington Distinguished Professor. He is also the author of a number of books focusing on American history including: Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War; Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides; co-author America and The Sea; William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord of Admiralty; Rebels Under Sail: The Navy in the Revolution; J_ack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815_; Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan; and Empires at War: The French and Indian War and The Struggle for North America, 1754-1763.
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