In the fourth annual Ginsburg-Satell Lecture on American Character and Identity, FPRI’s Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall will discuss the remarkable career of Stephen Girard. A one-eyed immigrant from France, Girard was a merchant and sailor who literally washed up at Penn’s Landing the very year of the Declaration of Independence. Over his remarkable commercial career, he became one of the two richest men in the United States and a civic hero who led the city’s fight against the terrible yellow fever epidemic of 1793 and the nation’s fight against Great Britain during the War of 1812.
The Annual Ginsburg-Satell Lecture on American Character and Identity is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stanley and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation and the Satell Family Foundation. This event is co-sponsored by Girard College and the Museum of the American Revolution.
Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.