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Author photo. William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859) (Brady-Handy Photographs, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-03537) (cropped)

William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859) (Brady-Handy Photographs, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-03537) (cropped)

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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 and one of the most eminent historians of 19th century America.
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