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2014 Leadership Conference Speakers

Douglas Bradburn

BradburnDouglas Bradburn, Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, is a well-known scholar of early American history. He is the author of two books, and numerous articles and book chapters with a specialty in the history of the American founding and the early history of the Chesapeake.

Before coming to Mount Vernon, Bradburn served as a professor of history and director of graduate studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching in 2010.

A native of Virginia, Bradburn earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in history and economics from the University of Virginia.


Stephen Brumwell
Stephen BrumwellDr. Stephen Brumwell is an award-winning independent historian and freelance writer. After working as a newspaper reporter in the West of England he attended the University of Leeds, securing British Academy funding to research eighteenth-century North America and earning a Ph.D. in History.

Brumwell’s books include "Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763;" "White Devil: A True Story of War, Savagery and Vengeance in Colonial America;" and "Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe," which won both the Charles P. Stacey Prize for Canadian Military History, and the Distinguished Book Award of the Society of Colonial Wars, New York. His most recent book, "George Washington: Gentleman Warrior," was awarded the 2013 George Washington Book Prize.

An experienced speaker to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, in 2012 Brumwell successfully championed George Washington in a debate to find ‘Britain’s Greatest Foe,' held at the National Army Museum, London.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Brumwell (who is married with a son and daughter), now lives and writes in Amsterdam.

Richard "Dic" Donohue
DonohuePatrol Officer Richard “Dic" Donohue is a native of Winchester, Massachusetts. He has been a member of the MBTA Transit Police Department since 2010. Officer Donohue is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute '02, and holds master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Prior to a career in law enforcement, Officer Donohue worked in the hospitality industry and served as an officer in the United States Navy.

In the early morning of Friday, April 19, 2013, Officer Donohue responded to back up local law enforcement officers who had stopped a vehicle in Watertown, Massachusetts. A gun battle ensued with these suspects who were later identified as the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. A bullet severed Donohue’s femoral artery and he suffered severe blood loss on site. After immediate lifesaving care was undertaken, he spent two months recovering in a hospital and rehabilitation center.

Officer Donohue is now home from the hospital and lives with his wife Kim and one year old son “Richie.” He was recently awarded the MBTA Transit Police Department Medal of Honor for his actions in April, 2013.
Peter Henriques
HenriquesPeter R. Henriques received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1971 and is Professor of History, Emeritus, from George Mason University. He taught American and Virginia history with a special emphasis on the Virginia Founding Fathers, especially George Washington.

His most recent book, “Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington,” published by the University of Virginia Press came out in paperback in 2008. His other books include “The Death of George Washington: He Died as He Lived” and a brief biography of George Washington written for the National Park Service. His current research project is entitled, “America’s Atlas: A New Look at the Leadership of George Washington.”

A member of both the Editorial Board for the George Washington Papers and of the Mount Vernon committee of George Washington Scholars, he regularly conducts Leadership Institutes at Mount Vernon for various government and private groups and is involved in various teacher seminars conducted by Mount Vernon and other educational institutions, including the Distinguished Lecture Series at Colonial Williamsburg, 2011-12.

He was the 2012 winner of the George Washington Memorial Award given by the George Washington Masonic Memorial Association and was recently appointed as Scholar in Residence for Mount Vernon’s 2013 Weekend with George Washington.
Stuart Leibiger

 LeibigerStuart Leibiger is associate professor and chair of the History Department at La Salle University. He received his BA from the University of Virginia and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

His book, "Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic," was published by the University of Virginia Press in 1999. He has written numerous articles on the Founders for historical magazines and journals, and has been a historical consultant for television documentaries and museums. He has worked on the editorial staffs of the Papers of George Washington and the Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

He has taught teacher workshops in sixteen states (Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) and Washington, D.C. A former Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, he edited "A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe," published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012.

Edward Lengel

LengelEdward G. Lengel is Professor and Editor-in-Chief of the Papers of George Washington documentary editing project at the University of Virginia.

In addition to editing several volumes of the Papers of George Washington, mostly pertaining to the Revolutionary War, he is the author of several books, including "George Washington: A Biographical Companion" (Blackwell, 2012); "Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory" (Harper, 2011); "General George Washington: A Military Life" (Random House, 2005); and "This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters" (Smithsonian Books, 2008).

Lengel is a columnist for Military History magazine and contributes to numerous other publications. He also has appeared in documentaries about Washington on The History Channel, The National Geographic Channel, and The Weather Channel.


Robert McDonald

McDonaldRobert M. S. McDonald is associate professor of history at the United States Military Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Oxford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his Ph.D. 

A specialist on the early American republic, he has published several journal articles and other essays. He is editor of "Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy: Founding West Point" (2004), "Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge" (2012), and "Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés" (2013). He is also the author of "Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time" (forthcoming). 

He lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, Christine, and their children Jeff and Grace.