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Henry Wiencek
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Wiencek at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Born 1952 (age 65–66)
"Dorchester, "Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Education "Boston College High School
Alma mater "Yale University
Genre Non-fiction
Notable awards "National Book Critics Circle Award
Spouse Donna M. Lucey

Henry Wiencek (born 1952) is an American journalist, historian and editor whose work has encompassed historically significant architecture, the "Founding Fathers, various topics relating to slavery, and the "Lego company. In 1999, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, a biographical history which chronicles the racially intertwined Hairston clan of the noted "Cooleemee Plantation House, won the "National Book Critics Circle Award[1] for biography.

Wiencek has come to be particularly associated with his work on "George Washington and slavery as a result of his book, An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, which earned him the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history. Partly as a result of this book, Wiencek was named the first-ever "Washington College Patrick Henry Fellow, inaugurating a program designed to provide writing fellowships for nationally prominent historians.[2][3]

In 2003, Wiencek was appointed to the board of trustees for the "Library of Virginia.[4]

In June 2010, Texas A&M University Press released The Moodys of Galveston and Their Mansion,[5] a history of the prominent Galveston family and their celebrated home. Wiencek originally compiled the manuscript after the Moody Mansion opened to the public as a museum, education center, and location for community gatherings in 1991.


Early life and education[edit]

Wiencek was born and raised in "Dorchester, Massachusetts. He attended "Boston College High School, where he was "valedictorian. He earned an undergraduate degree from "Yale University in 1974 with a double major in "Russian Literature and "Literary Theory.


Soon after graduating, Wiencek moved to "New York City, where he worked for "Time-Life, editing and writing for its publications.

Personal life[edit]

Wiencek is married to Donna M. Lucey, who is also an American historian. Wiencek has resided in "Charlottesville, Virginia since 1992, where he works in his home. He and his wife spent the 2008-2009 academic year in residence in a restored colonial house at "Chestertown, Maryland in fulfillment of his Patrick Henry Fellowship duties.



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