· Sworn in as the Librarian of Congress on September 14, 1987
· 13th person to hold position since Library was established in 1800.
· Served in U.S. Army and worked in the Office of National Estimates
· Taught history at Harvard University (1957-62) & Princeton University (1964-73).
· Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1973-87), where he founded the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Center and seven other new programs as well as the Wilson Quarterly.
Author of Mikhailovsky and Russian Populism (1956), The Icon and the Axe (1966), Fire in the Minds of Men (1980), Russia Transformed: Breakthrough to Hope, August 1991 (1992), The Face of Russia (1998) – a companion book to the three-part television series of the same name, which he wrote and narrated for PBS, and Russia in Search of Itself (2004).
· Educated in the public schools of the Philadelphia area.
· Class valedictorian at both Lower Merion High School and Princeton University, where he graduated with highest honors in 1950.
· Doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on June 1, 1929. Married to the former Marjorie Anne Brennan. Four children: Dr. Susan Billington Harper, Anne Billington Fischer, the Rev. James Hadley Billington Jr., and Thomas Keator Billington, as well as 12 grandchildren.
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