LMU history professor’s life and passion

Photo submitted by Kate Reagan Dr. Charles Hubbard teaches a class at Lincoln Memorial University during the fall semester in 2014.

Abraham Lincoln stands as one of the most memorable and studied presidents in American history. Dr. Charles Hubbard, or Charlie, has devoted a large part of his life to the study of the life, times and political impact of the sixteenth president.

Hubbard received undergraduate degrees in history and philosophy from Mercy University in Macon, Georgia, When he graduated, he began selling insurance for a living but continued studying and reading history books in his spare time.

It wasn’t enough for Hubbard, so he went back to school and received his PHD in 1995 at the age of 54 from the University of Tennessee.

“I had to do something. I couldn’t just sit around and look out the window and work on the ‘honey-do list’,” said Hubbard.

Later that year Hubbard became the director of the Abraham Lincoln Museum at LMU and simultaneously taught various history and museum studies classes at the university.

After 12 years at LMU, Hubbard received Fulbright Fellowships which afforded him the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and Malaysia. There he taught classes in American history, foreign policy and tactics, to name a few.

After returning to the US, Hubbard became a full-time faculty member at LMU and continues teaching several history courses. He is a a Lincoln Scholar, a Lincoln Laureate and the Lincoln Historian at LMU.

Meanwhile, Hubbard found time to write six books — three of which are about Lincoln. He has a fourth Lincoln book set to be published in the fall.

“The reason I like Lincoln is for the obvious reasons, and when we look at American history, Lincoln’s most famous accomplishments — 10 years as president, he freed the slaves and saved the Union. Any seventh grade history student knows that, but there’s so much beyond that,” said Hubbard.

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