Doris Kearns Goodwin Biography

Published On Aug 23, 2016
Facts of Doris Kearns Goodwin
Date of Birth: 1943 , January-4
Birth Nation: United States
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In 1975, Doris got married to Richard N. Goodwin. Richard N. Goodwin is a writer and he is famous for his work as an adviser and a speechwriter in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations. She is happy to have him as her loving husband. Her nationality is American and she is of Irish ethnicity.

Doris was raised in Rockville Centre, New York. After her high school, she joined Colby College. There she was active in Delta Delta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa. She finally earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from there in 1964. The same year, she was awarded with the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and she finally earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in 1968. In 1967, she began working at Washington, D.C. as a White House Fellow. However, after she published an article in The New Republic about the war in Vietnam, she was assigned to the Department of Labor. In 1969, she joined Harvard and there she began teaching government. There she taught for about a decade. In 1977, she published her first book titled Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Her second book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga was published in 1987. In 1994, she published a book titled No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II and it earned her first Pulitzer Prize for History. She is also been criticized for plagiarism as she was found using several phrases and sentences from other books in her second book titled The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. She is now aged 73 years old. Her net worth is in millions.  

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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York

January 4 , 1943

Talented and industrious lady, Doris Kearns Goodwin was born as Doris Helen Kearns in the early 1940s in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States of America to Helen Witt (née Miller) and Michael Francis Aloysius Kearns. She has one sister and she is named as Jene Kearns.

Graduated from Colby College

1964

Doris was raised in Rockville Centre, New York. After her high school, she joined Colby College. There she was active in Delta Delta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa. She finally earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from there in 1964. 

Won Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

1964

After she completed her Bachelor's degree from Colby College, she was awarded with Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. With this scholarship, she joined Harvard University and pursued her doctoral studies. She finally earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in 1968.

Worked as a White House Fellow

1967

In 1967, she began working at Washington, D.C. as a White House Fellow. However, after she published an article in The New Republic about the war in Vietnam, she was assigned to the Department of Labor.

Taught government at Harvard

1969

In 1969, she joined Harvard and there she began teaching government. There she taught for about a decade. There she also taught a course on the American presidency. During this period, she also helped Johnson in drafting his memoirs. 

Published her first book, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

1977

In 1977, she published her first book titled Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Her second book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga was published in 1987. She joined the Boston Red Sox locker room as the first female journalist. 

Published her 3rd book, No Ordinary Time

1994

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a biographer and a historian from United States. In 1994, she published a book titled No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II and it earned her first Pulitzer Prize for History.

Married to Richard N Goodwin

1975

In 1975, Doris got married to Richard N. Goodwin. Richard N. Goodwin is a writer and he is famous for his work as an adviser and a speechwriter in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations. She is happy to have him as her loving husband.

Was criticized for plagiarism

2002

She is also been criticized for plagiarism as she was found using several phrases and sentences from other books in her second book titled The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. She is criticized for taking the sentences from the book titled Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times.

First child, Joe Kearns Goodwin

October 14 , 1977

She became mother for the first time in her life at the end of 1977. She and her husband Richard N. Goodwin welcomed their first child together on 14th of October and that time it was a son and they named him Joe Kearns Goodwin. 

Won Lincoln Prize

2005

She has won several prestigious prize and honors in her life. At the end of 1990s, she was honored with L.H.D. from Bates College. In 2005, she won Lincoln Prize and she won this award for being an author of the book titled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. 

Won Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

2014

In 2013, she published a book titled The Bully Pulpit. This book was mainly about the Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. For being an author of this book, she was honored with Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction in 2014.