Washington, D.C., April 25, 2013—The Claremont Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the principles of the American founding in the life of the nation, today received The Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship.
Brain T. Kennedy, president of Claremont and a scholar at the California-based institute since 1989, accepted the annual prize from Matthew Spalding, Heritage’s vice president of American studies, at a luncheon in Orlando, Fla., during the leading Washington think tank’s 36th annual Resource Bank gathering.
“The Claremont Institute believes that the nation’s first principles are expressed most eloquently in the Declaration of Independence,” Spalding said before the ceremony. “Claremont also believes that recovering those principles in our political life means recovering a limited, accountable government that respects private property, promotes stable family life and maintains a strong national defense.”
Founded in 1979, Claremont publishes the Claremont Review of Books, sponsors Publius and Lincoln fellowships for rising young conservative leaders and administers a variety of public policy programs, including the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Center for Local Government.
Heritage annually presents the $25,000 prize, named for the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Salvatori, to an American individual or organization for advancing the principles and virtues of the nation’s Founders. Salvatori was one of Claremont's original supporters. Other recent winners of the prize that bears his name include religious freedom champion Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, historian David McCullough and Princeton University professor Robert P. George.
Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III joined Spalding in presenting the Salvatori Prize to Claremont’s Kennedy. Meese is Heritage’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus and former chairman of its Center for Legal and Judicial Studies (now named for him). Heritage President Jim DeMint also congratulated Kennedy.
From left: Matthew Spalding, Brian Kennedy and Ed Meese with Heritage President Jim DeMint.
Photo: Shealah Craighead/The Heritage Foundation
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