2014 Leadership Conference Speakers
Douglas Bradburn, Ph.D.
Douglas 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, Ph.D.
Dr. 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.
Peter Henriques, Ph.D.
Peter 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.
Edward Lengel, Ph.D.
Edward 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, Ph.D.
Robert 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.