Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton and historical advisor to the Broadway musical Hamilton, will be the featured speaker at Lafayette’s 182nd Commencement on Saturday, May 20. Mr. Chernow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and commentator on politics, business, and finance.
“Having written biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, I have twice written about the Marquis de Lafayette and am therefore especially pleased to be honored by Lafayette,” Chernow said in a press release.
President Alison Byerly said Chernow was chosen because his work “exemplifies both tremendous scholarly accomplishment, as well as narrative ability and readability that make him a tremendously gifted author,” noting that his Hamilton biography has received a lot of attention recently.
Chernow’s book Washington: A Life won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011, and he’s written several other books on business history such as The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor.
Mr. Chernow is currently working on a book about Ulysses S. Grant to be published either later this year or next year.
Visit the Commencement website for additional information and schedules.