Daniel P. Jordan

Dr. Daniel Jordan (1938–2024) was a native Mississippian and graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a scholarship athlete in baseball and basketball. After serving as an officer in the US Army Infantry, he received a PhD in American history from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. From 1985 through 2008, he headed the nonprofit Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello) and was a Scholar in Residence at the University of Virginia.

Jordan was the author of three books, published by the university presses, along with almost a hundred articles, essays, and reviews. As a public historian, he was the former chair of the Advisory Board to the National Park System and former vice chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Jordan received numerous awards and served on dozens of boards. His wife, Lou, is an artist, and they have three adult children and six grandchildren.