I’m an investment banker, private pilot and avid fan of American history. I also enjoy Thai food, camping, gardening, Robert Ludlum novels and almost anything made with chocolate.
Thirty years ago I departed my native Texas to attend Brown University. Four years later I left Rhode Island with a Chemical Engineering degree and a recognition that snow is seriously overrated. I’m married to a primary care physician and have two high school aged children.
The earliest of my family to arrive in the New World left Wales on the “Bona Nova” in 1623 and docked at Jamestown, not far from where I live – which also happens to be near the homes of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taylor, Wilson and William Henry Harrison.
After spending three years collecting 125 of the best presidential biographies I could find, I began systematically reading them in late 2012 (starting with George Washington, of course). This site was originally created to log my journey and, possibly, embarrass my kids.
With your suggestions and a steady stream of new releases, my collection of presidential biographies has grown to 240 titles (plus an ever-expanding follow up list). I will finish my first pass through the presidents by February 18, 2019 (Presidents’ Day) – after six years.