James S. Leamon grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and after two years in military service, graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He earned a PhD in American colonial history at Brown University in 1961. After a brief stint teaching in Iowa and Pennsylvania, he returned to Bates in 1964 as a member of the history department teaching courses in early American history and historical archaeology until his retirement in 2000. He has written articles, contributed chapters, and co-edited several books on Maine’s early history. His book, Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine (University of Massachusetts Press, 1993), won the New England Historical Association’s annual book award the following year. In 2008, he received the Neal Woodside Allen, Jr. Award from the Maine Historical Society for outstanding contributions to Maine History. His most recent publication is The Reverend Jacob Bailey: Maine Loyalist: For God, King, Country, and for Self (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). He lives in Casco, Maine, with his wife, Nicci, a historical and literary transcriptionist.
Come see James S. Leamon and 39 other Maine authors at Books in Boothbay on July 13th!