Richard Leffler

Historian, University of Wisconsin

Rich Leffler received his B.A. in History from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was Deputy Director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin from 1981 to 2009 and was co-editor of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, 1787-1791 (22 vols., Madison, 1976-2011). He was the co-editor of Documentary Editing: The Journal of the Association for Documentary Editing, 2009–11. He is co-editor of William Pierce on the Constitutional Convention (forthcoming, Dallas, Tex., 2012), Creating the Constitution (Acton, Mass., 1999), and Federalists and Antifederalists (Madison, 1989; 2nd. ed., 1998). He conducted seminars on the origins of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for the judicial education program of the Wisconsin Office of Judicial Education from 1994 to 2008, and for federal judges under the auspices of the Federal Judicial Center from 1995 to 2008. He has also lectured at several U.S. Circuit Court Conferences. He has written and spoken extensively on the origins of the Constitution. He is currently writing a biography of Alexander Hamilton.

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