Dr. Matthew S. Spalding

It's Still George Washington's Birthday (Not President's Day)
By Dr. Matthew S. Spalding on February 15, 2010

I published a piece on the Heritage website the other day that may interest Lehrman Center members. 


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Matthew Spalding
Matthew Spalding

Matthew Spalding is the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He also also serves as project leader of Heritage's First Principles initiative. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and has a Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School, where his work concentrated on government, political philosophy and early American political thought. A Henry Salvatori Dissertation Fellow with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, he has taught American government courses at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America, Claremont McKenna College, and Hillsdale College. Before joining Heritage, Spalding was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Claremont Institute where he is currently an adjunct fellow. He also serves on the Board Academic Advisors at Mount Vernon Estate. An expert on political history and constitutionalism, as well as religious liberty and religious life in America, he is the author of numerous books including We Still Hold These Truths (ISI Books, Nov. 2, 2009), A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character, and co-editor of the best-selling book, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. Spalding's work on The Guide earned him the prestigious Drs. W. Glenn and Rita Ricardo Campbell Award in 2006.