Bernard Bailyn dies: Eminent Historian of Early America was 97.

One of the country’s leading historians of the early United States, Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Bailyn, has died at age 97. Bailyn was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution,” among the most influential historical works of the past few decades. As a Harvard professor, Bailyn mentored such award-winning historians as Gordon Wood and Jack Rakove. Bailyn’s other books included “Voyagers to the West” and “The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson.” He received a National Humanities Medal in 2010. Bailyn’s son, Charles, told The Associated Press that his father died early Friday.

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