James H. Billington



Age: 89


Summary: former chief librarian of the Librarian of Congress who led the world's largest library for nearly 30 years and brought it into the digital age, who doubled the size of the library's traditional analogue collections from 85.5 million items in 1987 to more than 160 million, who also was credited with creating a massive new Library of Congress online, making research and legislative databases more easily accessible.



Cause of Death: Pneumonia


Born: June 1, 1929


Died: November 20, 2018


Location: Washington, D.C.