Lance Banning: longtime Univ. Kentucky history professor diesHistorians in the News
Banning died yesterday at U-K Hospital in Lexington. He was 64.
Banning was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book "The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic." He also wrote a book about the conflict between the early political parties.
U-K history department chairman Dan Smith says Banning was a dedicated teacher. Banning had taught history at U-K since 1973.
Funeral services will be at seven p-m (eastern time) Friday at W-R Milward Mortuary - Southland.
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Herbert Barger - 2/4/2006
Dr. Banning knew Thomas Jefferson's legacy well and volunteered his vast knowledge to be a member of the Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission, a blue ribbon panel of thirteen distinguished scholars, to study the false claims that Jefferson fathered a slave child. That report determined that there is no proof of a this.
I wish to thank Dr. Banning for his efforts to bring the truth of the DNA Study to the public.
Board Member, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society (www.tjheritage.org)
Jefferson Family Historian