Bio

I grew up in southern Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law. My legal career was as a trial attorney with one of Baltimore’s oldest and largest law firms, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.  

American history, particularly concerning the presidency, has always interested me. Over the years, I have dragged my wife and son to more presidential homes, libraries, graves, and other sites than I would like to admit. 

My interest in presidential history led to two non-fiction books about presidential nominating conventions, The First American Political Conventions (2012) and President-Making in the Gilded Age (2016). The books were well-received and The New Yorker referred to them as “invaluable” and to me as “the most exhaustive chronicler of the conventions.” I have spoken at several presidential sites and have been interviewed about the books by TIME, Newsweek, NBC News, Politico, Baltimore Sun, Retro Report, History Channel, YAHOO News, and other media outlets.

With And Tyler No More, I have taken a break from a planned third book about conventions (covering the first half of the twentieth century) to delve into historical fiction. I have appreciated the opportunities and challenges that this different genre presents and I hope that you will enjoy the story.