Former U.S. House historian dies of stroke

April 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

CHICAGO, April 3 (UPI) -- Robert Remini, a former historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, has died of a stroke at the age of 91, the University of Illinois announced.

Remini, who was still writing books well into his 80s, was a prolific biographer, scholar, teacher and Andrew Jackson expert, Roll Call reported.

At the time of his death he was a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Remini was tapped to serve as the third historian of the House of Representatives in 2005 by then-Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois.

By the time he retired in 2010, Remini had built an operation that would provide lasting resources to the congressional community.

Remini won the National Book Award in 1984 for this three-volume biography "The Life of Andrew Jackson."

He wrote the first and still definitive history of the House of Representatives while serving as a visiting scholar at the Library of Congress.

"The House: The History of the U.S. House of Representatives" was published in 2006.

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