William H. Prescott Birthday, Date of Birth

William H. Prescott

William Hickling Prescott (May 4, 1796 – January 28, 1859) was an American historian and Hispanist, who is widely recognized by historiographers to have been the first American scientific historian. Despite suffering from serious visual impairment, which at times prevented him from reading or writing for himself, Prescott became one of the most eminent historians of 19th century America. He is also noted for his eidetic memory.

After an extensive period of study, during which he sporadically contributed to academic journals, Prescott specialized in late Renaissance Spain and the early Spanish Empire. His works on the subject, The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic (1837), The History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843), A History of the Conquest of Peru (1847) and the unfinished History of the Reign of Phillip II (1856–1858) have become classic works in the field, and have had a great impact on the study of both Spain and Mesoamerica. During his lifetime, he was upheld as one of the greatest living American intellectuals, and knew personally many of the leading political figures of the day, in both the United States and Britain. Prescott has become one of the most widely translated American historians, and was an important figure in the development of history as a rigorous academic discipline. Historians admire Prescott for his exhaustive, careful, and systematic use of archives, his accurate recreation of sequences of events, his balanced judgments and his lively writing style. He was primarily focused on political and military affairs, largely ignoring economic, social, intellectual, and cultural forces that in recent decades historians have focused on. Instead, he wrote narrative history, subsuming unstated causal forces in his driving storyline.

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Birthday, Date of Birth
Wednesday, May 4, 1796
Place of Birth
Salem
Age
225
Star Sign

The May 4, 1796 was a Wednesday under the star sign of . It was the 124 day of the year. President of the United States was George Washington.

If you were born on this day, you are 225 years old. Your last birthday was on the Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 2 days ago. Your next birthday is on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in 362 days. You have lived for 82,181 days, or about 1,972,362 hours, or about 118,341,764 minutes, or about seconds.

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4th of May 1796 News

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