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Historian, historical association executive, and professor, Dr. Gable graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1965 and received his Ph.D. in History from Brown University, Providence, RI, in 1972. He has held teaching positions at various colleges and universities (C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, 1977-89; Briarcliff College, 1974-1977; Brown University 1972-73); and has been Adjunct Professor of History at New College, Hofstra University, since 1989. Dr. Gable is considered a leading authority on both Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era. He became Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, a national historical society and public service organization, in 1974.
He founded and began editing the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, a quarterly publication, in 1975.
Dr. Gable has served on the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Committee at the American Museum of Natural History since 1978 and on the Advisory Board of the Roosevelt Study Center in The Netherlands since 1986. He was on the Vestry of Christ (Episcopal) Church, Oyster Bay, NY, and a past trustee of the Oyster Bay Historical Society. Among the professional organizations to which he belongs are: Organization of American Historians, Oyster Bay Historical Society, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, and Center for the Study of the Presidency. He is listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
Dr. Gable has published extensively (see attached bibliography) and has appeared in numerous television documentaries.
John A. Gable and others, Long Island: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites, National Park Service, Washington, DC, 1975.
John A. Gable, “Theodore Roosevelt as Historian and Man of Letters,” introduction to Theodore Roosevelt Association American Revolution Bicentennial Edition of Gouverneur Morris (1888) by Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oyster Bay, NY 1975.
____, The Bull Moose Years: Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party, Kennikat Press, Port Washington, NY, 1978.
____, Foreword to American Bears: Selections from the Writings of Theodore Roosevelt, edited by Paul Schullery, Colorado Associated University Press, Boulder, CO, 1983.
____, “An Introduction to Theodore Roosevelt,” in Theodore, catalog for exhibition at Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, TX, 1984.
____, Theodore Roosevelt and the American Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 1984 (Pamphlet).
____, “Theodore Roosevelt: Long Island’s President,” in Between Ocean and Empire: An Illustrated History of Long Island, edited by Robert B. MacKay and others, Windsor Publications, Northridge, CA, 1985.
____, Foreword to Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection: A Catalog, prepared by Wendy White-Hensen and Veronica M. Gillespie, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1986.
____, The Many Sided Theodore Roosevelt: American Renaissance Man, Roosevelt Study Center Publications No. 3, The Roosevelt Study Center, Middleburg, The Netherlands, 1986.
____, Adventure in Reform: Gifford Pinchot, Amos Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Progressive Party, Grey Towers Lecture Series No. 1, Friends of Grey Towers, Grey Towers Press, Milford, PA, 1986.
____, “Theodore Roosevelt: The Renaissance Man as President,” in The Rating Game in Politics: An Interdisciplinary Approach, William D. Pederson and Ann McLaurin, editors, Irvington Publishers, New York, NY 1987.
____, editor and author of Introduction and Notes, The Man in the Arena: Speeches and Essays by Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oyster Bay, NY, 1987.
____, editor, author of Introduction, Notes, Chronology of Theodore Roosevelt, History of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, second revised edition, Theodore Roosevelt Cyclopedia, first edition (1941) edited by Albert Bushnell Hart and Herbert Ronald Ferleger, foreword by William Allen White, Meckler Publishing, Westport, CT, 1988.
Natalie Naylor, Douglas Brinkley, John A. Gable, editors, Theodore Roosevelt: Many Sided American, Heart of the Lakes Publishing, Interlaken, NY, 1992. (676 pp.)
John A. Gable, The Goodness that Doth Crown Our Days: A History of Trinity Parish, Lenox, Massachusetts, Trinity Parish, Lenox, MA, 1993.
____, “Theodore Roosevelt,” in Sterling, Harmond, Cevasco, Hammond, editors, Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
____, “Theodore Roosevelt,” in L. Edward Purcell, editor, The Vice Presidents: A Biographical Directory. New York, NY: Facts on File, Inc., 1998.
____, “Introduction,” The Naval War of 1812 by Theodore Roosevelt, New York: The Modern Library, 1999.
____, “Theodore Roosevelt and the Heritage of the U.S. Navy,” in Edward J. Marolda, editor, Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Navy, and the Spanish-American War. New York: Palgrave, 2001
Also author of book reviews in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, and other publications; responsible for articles on Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., and Gentlemen’s Agreement in The World Book Encyclopedia.
Historical consultant for My Father the President (1982), produced and directed by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, winner Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival.
Historical consultant for The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt (1983), shown as a special on ABC network television in 1986, produced and directed by Harrison Engle.
He has also appeared in A&E Network’s Biography series (Theodore Roosevelt: Roughrider to Rushmore, 1995) and America’s Castle’s program on the Roosevelt homes (1996); and appeared in the History Channel’s History’s Mysteries: Attempted Assassinations (2000) and The True Story of the NYPD (2000). He was featured in the PBS American Experience program TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (1996), Crucible of Empire (PBS, 1999), and the C-SPAN American President Series (visit to Sagamore Hill, September 3, 1999), and has been interviewed on National Public Radio (1998), MS-NBC (2000), and NBC’s Today Show (2000). He has had televised lectures aired on C-SPAN (1998) and C-SPAN2 (2000).