John Y. Simon received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and since 1964 has been a Professor of History at Southern Illinois University and editor of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. Twenty volumes of the papers have been published since 1967.
Simon has become a nationally known expert on Grant and the Civil War, as well as the dean of American documentary editors, a founder of the Association for Document Editing, and a spokesman for the craft before groups ranging from committees of the United States Congress to interested students.
He has also published dozens of articles in such journals as the Journal of American History, Military Affairs, Agricultural History, and the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. He has also contributed to numerous edited books, served as consultant to many historical societies and publishing projects, and delivered scores of talks at professional conferences, Civil War Round Tables, and universities.