Marquis James

Marquis James was an American journalist and author, known for his work as a biographer. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson. James was born on August 29, 1891, in Springfield, Missouri, and died on November 19, 1955. His writing style combined historical detail with a narrative approach, making his biographies both informative and engaging to read.


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  1. 1. The Raven

    "The Raven" is a historical biography that focuses on the life of Sam Houston, a key figure in the history of Texas. The book provides a comprehensive account of Houston's life, from his childhood spent with the Cherokee Indians, his military career, his time as governor of Tennessee, his significant role in the Texas Revolution, to his tenure as the President of the Republic of Texas. The narrative is enriched with personal anecdotes, political intrigue, and detailed descriptions of historical events, offering readers an in-depth understanding of this influential character and the era he lived in.

  2. 2. The Life of Andrew Jackson

    This biography provides a detailed account of the life of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from his early childhood to his presidency. It explores his military career, his controversial presidency, his turbulent personal life, and his lasting impact on American politics and society. The book offers an in-depth look at his role in the War of 1812, his contentious relationship with the Bank of the United States, and his controversial policies regarding Native American tribes.