Nevins, Allan (1890-1971), a United States historian. Considered one of the most distinguished historians of his time, he was noted for his scholarship, range, and readable style. Nevins was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize in biography, in 1932 for Grover Cleveland: a Study in Courage, and in 1936 for Hamilton Fish: Inner History of the Grant Administration. He also helped establish oral history (tape-recording the recollections of prominent persons).
Nevins was born in Camp Point, Illinois. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1912, he worked for the New York Evening Post, The Nation, and the New York World. From 1931 to 1958, Nevins was professor of American history at Columbia. He then became research associate of the Huntington Library in California.
His masterwork was an eight-volume history of the United States from 1850 through the Civil War, Ordeal of the Union (1947-71). His other books include: Statesmanship of the Civil War (1953); Study in Power: John D. Rockefeller (1953); Ford (3 vols., 1954-63); Herbert H. Lehman and His Era (1963); and Abrant S. Hewitt: With Some Account of Peter Cooper (1966).