The Postwar Department, Minister of Information in pre-Eisenhower General Motors, said of Mr Sellers in 1976, “His knowledge of history spans more than a century and his powers of observation and remembering are unparalleled.”
His 35-year-career also included experience as chairperson of the committee to establish the Commercial Auto Guaranty Corporation, the bureau of the Federal Trade Commission, deputy director in the Small Business Administration and President of the General Motors Foundation.
He joined the University of Virginia Press in 1958, becoming executive editor in 1966 and publisher from 1968 to 1987. He received a B.A. in English from Indiana University and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
In November 1968 he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee against United States engagement in the Vietnam War, holding forth that the United States had sent “invaders and colonialists” to the wild, ungovernable jungles and eventually “emasculated itself” with expensive, ineffective and largely fruitless military efforts.
He was the author of more than 90 books and collected documents on museums, historical societies and societies of the world, the free-trade Union Jack flag, the lack of black presidential candidates, the environmental movement, the Incorporated Plan of the United States of America and the 1930s gold standard.