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Jack Warren Jr

Jack Duane Warren, Jr., is a native of Washington, D.C., whose work focuses on the enduring achievements of the American Revolution. He attended the University of Mississippi and Brown University. He is married to his wife, Janet, and they have three grown children. He has been studying and reflecting on American history since he learned to read. He considers himself a historian of American public life—much more than just politics and governance.

Jack Warren has been actively involved in historic preservation and in how the places we preserve are presented. He was one of the leaders in the successful effort to preserve the site of George Washington’s childhood home from development to securing its designation as a National Historic Landmark. He also helped preserve the house where Washington lived in Barbados and was involved in the successful effort to save a large and critical part of the Princeton battlefield, including the land over which Washington personally led the charge that resulted in his first great battlefield victory over British troops. During the summer of 2020, he sat beside a statue of George Washington to talk to protestors about why we have honored Washington and ought to honor him still—Washington challenged a world that was grotesquely unfree and laid the foundations of free society—while protecting the statue from vandalization.

He served for several years in the 1990s as an editor of the presidential series of The Papers of George Washington, a long-term team project to collect, edit, and publish all of Washington’s extant papers. As an editor, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Additionally, he was recruited to work for the Society of the Cincinnati and accepted appointment as its executive director in 2004, where he worked for seventeen years to establish the Society as an effective advocate for popular understanding and appreciation of the American Revolution. As an author, Warren has worked on a multitude of books, including America’s First Veterans, The Presidency of George Washington, and A Covenanted People: The Religious Tradition and the Origins of American Constitutionalism.