David Gaub McCullough, born on July 7, 1933 was an American author, narrator, popular historian, and lecturer.
He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United State’s highest civilian award.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University.
His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written nine more on such topics as Harry S. Truman, John Adams, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Wright brothers.
McCullough has also narrated numerous documentaries, such as The Civil War by Ken Burns, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; and he hosted American Experience for twelve years.
McCullough’s two Pulitzer Prize–winning books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted by HBO into a TV film and a miniseries, respectively.
McCullough was born in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Ruth (née Rankin) and Christian Hax McCullough.
He is of Scots-Irish descent.
He was educated at Linden Avenue Grade School and Shady Side Academy, in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
David McCullough Parents: Christian Hax McCullough, Ruth Rankin
David McCullough was born to Hax McCullough and Ruth Rankin on July 7, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
McCullough was born in the Point Breeze neighborhood in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
His parents are of Scots-Irish descent.
One of four sons, McCullough had a “marvelous” childhood with a wide range of interests, including sports and drawing cartoons.
McCullough’s parents and his grandmother, who read to him often, introduced him to books at an early age.
His parents often talked about history, a topic he says should be discussed more often.
McCullough “loved school, every day”; he contemplated many career choices, ranging from architect, actor, painter, writer, to lawyer, and considered attending medical school for a time.
However, little is known about the life of David McCullough‘s parents