Great Historian And Author, David McCullough Dies at 89

McCullough died Sunday, Aug. 7 in Hingham, according to his publisher, Simon & Schuster. He died less than two months after Rosalee.

McCullough became a familiar figure in the late 1990s, as he completed his writing for his Pulitzer Prize-winning, 2001 biography of John Adams, our second president.

He spent a lot of time at the Adams National Historical Site, and he sought out the other places in John and Abigail’s life.

In a 2017 interview, McCullough said a visit to his and Rosalee’s new Hingham home inspired him to gather the lectures and speeches for his collection “The American Spirit.”

He was a talented watercolor and pen-and-ink artist too. Some of his works decorate the house.

Those who knew McCullough well, knew that’s who he always was. The public author and the private man were one and the same – good-humored, gracious, generous in spirit.

He was a Yale graduate and a fierce advocate for public libraries, public education, and the study of history – because, as he often said, if we don’t know our history, we don’t know who we are.