Gaetano L. Vincitorio

Gaetano Leonard "Tom" Vincitorio (September 11, 1921 - November 26, 2007) was an American historian, author, and educator who specialized in Modern European History, particularly the British politician Edmund Burke.

Gaetano L. Vincitorio
Born(1921-09-11)September 11, 1921
Brooklyn, NY, US
DiedNovember 26, 2007(2007-11-26) (agedĀ 86)
Syosset, NY, US
Period1950 - 2000
SubjectEuropean History, American History, Edmund Burke

Life and careerEdit

Born on September 11, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, Vincitorio attended St. John's University, where he graduated summa cum laude (B.S., 1942). He then attended Fordham University in Bronx, New York, where he received an M.A. (1943), and Ph.D. (1950) in History. He also took classes at Columbia University in 1946. Vincitorio's doctoral dissertation ("Edmund Burke's International Politics") was prepared under Professor Ross J. S. Hoffman.

After receiving his master's degree, Vincitorio taught history in New York City high schools before being hired to teach history and social sciences at Pace College from 1946-1948. He then joined the History faculty at St. John's University in 1948, where he taught for forty years and achieved the rank of Full Professor in 1957.

After publishing two articles on Edmund Burke in 1953 and 1957, Vincitorio then collaborated with his mentor, Ross J. S. Hoffman, and Morrison V. Swift on a textbook, Man and His History: World History and Western Civilization (Doubleday, 1958; revised ed., 1963). He also wrote companion testing volumes for that textbook as well as three others, all of which were published by Doubleday during 1958-1959. After editing a volume of essays by St. John's history faculty, Studies in Modern History (St. John's University Press, 1968), Vincitorio was the editor-in-chief of a Festschrift for Hoffman: Crisis in the "Great Republic": Essays Presented to Ross J. S. Hoffman (Fordham University Press, 1969), to which he contributed a chapter on "Edmund Burke and the First Partition of Poland: Britain and the Crisis of 1772 in the 'Great Republic.'"

Vincitorio then worked to continue James Truslow Adams' The March of Democracy: A History of the United States, which had originally been published in 1932-1933. The publisher, Charles Scribner's Sons, had begun to issue supplements chronicling events in American history since the original set was published, and Vincitorio co-edited Volume 8 (Challenge and Conflict), and then edited Volumes 9 (The Record of 1970-71), 10 (The Record of 1972-73), and 11 (The Record of 1974). He also contributed articles to the Catholic Encyclopedia for School and Home (McGraw-Hill, 1965), The New Catholic Encyclopedia (McGraw-Hill, 1967), and The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia (Garland Publishing, 2000), as well as to the journals Long Island Forum, New York Irish History, and Long Island Historical Journal.

Vincitorio was a member of the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, the Conference on British Studies, the Modern Language Association of America, the Executive Board of the U.S. Catholic Historical Society, the Historical Association (England), and the Long Island British Studies Group. He contributed book reviews to the Catholic Historical Review.


  • "Gaetano L(eonard) Vincitorio," Contemporary Authors Online, Detroit: Gale, 2002, Biography in Context, Web. 13 Dec. 2014.