Richard Lyman Bushman is an early American historian who has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, and Columbia University, where he was Gouverneur Morris Professor of History. Among his books are From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690–1765, which received the Bancroft Prize for 1967, and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities. He is best known to Latter-day Saints for Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. In Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays, Dr. Bushman shares reflections on his faith and his own struggle to find a basis for belief in a skeptical world. He has served in the Church as bishop, stake president, and patriarch. He and his wife, Claudia, are the parents of six children and have twenty grandchildren.
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