Biography

Formerly a trial and appellate lawyer, David O. Stewart turned to writing history and historical novels.

His recent George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father, was called “an outstanding biography” by the Wall Street Journal, with “clear, often superlative” writing  and “a narrative drive such a life deserves.” It has won the 2022 Book Prize of the Colonial Dames of America, has been named a finalist for the 2022 George Washington Prize for the best book on the American Founding Era, the History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati (as did his Aaron Burr book), plus the George Washington Memorial Award.

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Other histories:

A fictional trilogy — The Overstreet Saga — launched in November 2021 with The New Land, about settlers on the unforgiving Maine coast in 1753. Book Two (The Burning Land), set during the Civil War, will release in May 2022; Book Three (The Resolute Land) plunges the Overstreets into the upheavals of World War II, and will launch late 2022.

His first novel, The Lincoln Deception, explores the Booth conspiracy through the partnership of Dr. Jamie Fraser and ex-ballplayer Speed Cook. The Paris Deception reunites them at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.  In The Babe Ruth Deception, Fraser and Cook protect the slugger from gangland violence and the Black Sox scandal.

Other writing has included Supreme Court columns for the American Bar Association Journal, and pieces in the Washington Post, its Sunday Magazine, the New York Times, and on Bloomberg View, History News Networkand American Heritage.  David provides commentary for CNN, C-SPAN, Bloomberg News, and MSNBC.

He serves on the boards of the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.

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American Gibraltar: The Fortress at Louisbourg

American Gibraltar: The Fortress at Louisbourg

With the declaration of war against France in 1756, British military planners turned covetous eyes to a fortress on Cape Breton Island, next to Nova Scotia in the North Atlantic.  The fortress at Louisbourg, sometimes called the “Gibraltar of the North,” cast a long shadow over European power ...
James Madison: President of Fun

James Madison: President of Fun

She looked like royalty, or so thought many guests at the sight of Dolley Madison in her velvet inaugural gown and velvet and white satin turban with towering bird-of-paradise feathers. In full naval regalia, the head of the Navy Yard led her into the hall at Long’s Hotel, followed by her ...
Pandemics & Politics

Pandemics & Politics

The numbers are grim.  Worldwide, nearly five million have contracted Covid-19; nearly 320,000 have died from it.  Public health experts caution that those numbers are certainly undercounts.  Some deaths are mistakenly attributed to underlying conditions, not Covid-19.  At-home deaths are often
The Compromise of 1790

The Compromise of 1790

In one of Lin Manuel Miranda’s catchiest tunes in the musical Hamilton, Hamilton’s doppelganger Aaron Burr sings longingly about being in “the room where it happens,” on the inside, shaping momentous actions.  Anyone who has spent time around political types will recognize how spot-on Miranda’s
Historical Heroes: George Washington – Commander-in-Chief

Historical Heroes: George Washington – Commander-in-Chief

George Washington - Commander-in-ChiefAs he entered Philadelphia on May 9, 1775, to attend the American colonies’ Second Continental Congress, Washington brought his Virginia militia uniform and six copies of the British Army’s standard drill manual to help him train raw troops. Washington ...

Interviews

David O. Stewart

David O. Stewart

David O. Stewart, what prompted you to choose the period that you wrote your first book in?I’ve done five books – four histories and one novel – on the American Founding era (1770-1815), beginning with our Constitutional Convention (The Summer of 1787).  It is an extraordinary period when a
David O. Stewart on The New Land

David O. Stewart on The New Land

Attorney and award-winning author David O. Stewart, the Independent’s former president, has long written about history in both nonfiction works and novels. What’s unusual this time around is that his latest book, The New Land, was partly inspired by his own ancestors, who came to America from ...