Jon Ellis Meacham (born May 20, 1969) is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time Magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his work American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.
Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of Jere Ellis Meacham and Linda McBrayer Meacham, an executive. He attended St. Nicholas School, the McCallie School and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he was an initiate of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He graduated summa cum laude in 1991 in English Literature, was the class salutatorian and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
An only child, Meacham spent his high school years living with his grandfather, Judge Ellis K. Meacham. A legendary figure in Chattanooga and author of three Napoleonic-era maritime novels about the Bombay Marine of the East India Company, Judge Meacham is credited with giving Meacham his interest in history, literature, and politics...
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